DSL Internet connection
When trying to answer the question “How Much Does Internet Cost?”, we should examine the workings of the DSL connection (also known as a Digital Subscriber Line). This is currently the most popular type of high speed Internet connection and available in all countries and one of the various types of a broadband internet connection.
A DSL connection uses two copper wires. You could compare it to a normal telephone wire. The lines are split into two frequencies: one for data and one for voice. This splitting is what allows you to use your computer and phone line at the same time.
A DSL connection has download speeds ranging from 256 kilobits per second to 7 megabits per second. Upload speeds can vary from 16 megabits per second to only one per second. Since more bandwidth is reserved for receiving data than sending it, the DSL Internet connection is said to be “asymmetric.”
Benefits of a DSL connection include:
- Use your computer and phone at the same time.
- In many cases, the existing phone line can be used to run your connection. This eliminates further installation charges.
- The closer you are to the central DSL office, the faster your connection speed should be.
Disadvantages of a DSL connection include:
- If you don’t live close to the central DSL office, your connection speed won’t be as fast as someone who does (although the difference may be slight).
- Uploading information takes longer than downloading.