The Internet Hierarchy: Making Sense of Satellite, DSL, Cable and Dial-Up

Posted by: wirelessinternetproviders on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

With technology constantly improving itself, it’s only natural that certain products and services become outdated and eventually replaced with their modern counterparts.

Everyone remembers when the ear-piercing sounds of dial-up were hopeful, meaning that  Internet access was only a few minutes away. Now those sounds have been replaced with silence thanks to innovative services like Wi-Fi, advanced home modems and routers. This blog will break down the Internet hierarchy so you can find which service sounds right for your life.

Dial-Up. If you have ever had dial-up you know two things. One, it’s slow. Two, it’s cheap. The slow service is definitely not ideal, and even though it comes cheap, you get what you pay for.  In the hierarchy of the Internet, dial-up doesn’t make it far up the ladder.

Satellite. Satellite Internet is a wonderful and ideal choice for rural homeowners that aren’t able to get services like DSL and cable. Satellite Internet typically has speeds that are much faster than dial-up, but not as fast as cable. To get satellite Internet you would need a satellite dish at your home that sends signals to a number of your provider’s satellites. Even with all that traveling, your Internet connection is still surprisingly fast! In the hierarchy of the Internet, satellite Internet is somewhere in the middle.

DSL. DSL service delivers Internet through your phone line. DSL speeds stick to the same family as satellite speeds. One of the major differences however is that DSL uses your phone line to deliver Internet. That means if your phone line goes down, your Internet access will be terminated as well. In the hierarchy of Internet, DSL is somewhere in the middle.

Cable Internet. Cable service comes through your cable line. Just how DSL access is reliant on your phone line, cable Internet access is tethered to your cable line. Cable speeds are typically the fastest, which is great, but there are drawbacks. If you live in a dense area, cable companies try and pack as many subscribers onto one signal as possible, which can be a problem when everyone is trying to get online at the same time. You most often don’t get the maximum speeds that are advertised. Consequently, if you live in a rural area, you most likely aren’t eligible for fast cable speeds since they are usually only available in those densely-populated regions. In the hierarchy of Internet, cable sits very close to the top.

Perhaps at the very top of the Internet hierarchy is wireless Internet. Wireless Internet gives you freedom, speed and reliability no matter where you go or what you do when you have a provider, much like CLEAR. Wireless is definitely where it’s at.

Each service is different and can offer different things. Who knows which new and innovative service will be next.

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