compare DSL: Why choose DSL?

When you buy a car, you do a bit of research before you even drive onto the car lot. You do the same when you choose an Internet service provider. You want to know how high-speed DSL stacks up against the competition – and you want to know why DSL is a good choice for your needs.

High-speed DSL is one of the most popular Internet options. But why DSL when there’s also dial-up, cable and satellite Internet available?

DSL vs. dial-up

Technology.

  • DSL: DSL Internet service providers use phone line technology – however you don’t need a landline phone to get DSL, and you can talk on the phone and get online at the same time.
  • Dial-up: A dial-up connection also relies on a home phone line – however with dial-up you can’t get online and use the phone simultaneously.

Speeds.

  • DSL: A high-speed DSL connection can provide speeds upward of 25Mbps. That’s fast enough for movie downloads, sharing music, social networking, uploading pictures and more.
  • Dial-up: Because dial-up uses limited technology, this type of connection can’t offer fast download speeds. Dial-up is the slowest Internet service.

Coverage.

  • DSL: High-speed DSL is available in cities as well as towns outside of the suburbs.
  • Dial-up: If dial-up is the slowest, why do people still have it? Because it’s available almost everywhere. It’s often the only Internet service provided in extreme rural areas.

DSL vs. satellite

Technology.

  • DSL: The biggest technological difference between DSL and satellite is that DSL relies on an underground network of phone lines, and satellite does not.
  • Satellite: A satellite connection relies on a network of satellites both at your home and in space.

Speeds.

  • DSL: Because a DSL connection doesn’t travel the same distance as a satellite connection, it’s typically faster.
  • Satellite: Although still not as fast as DSL or cable, a satellite connection is much faster than dial-up, and has speeds that can reach 10-15Mbps in certain areas.

Coverage.

  • DSL: DSL doesn’t have as expansive of a coverage area that satellite has, but is still available in rural areas, and not just cities.
  • Satellite: Because a satellite Internet connection doesn’t rely on ground wiring like phone lines or cables, it’s available in almost every city, town and rural area in the country.

DSL vs. cable

Technology.

DSL and cable both rely on an on-the-ground network – the only difference is DSL uses a phone line, and cable uses cabling.

Speeds.

  • DSL: In some areas, a DSL connection and a cable connection are very comparable.
  • Cable: A cable connection is one of the fastest Internet services around – but, because of its cable technology, it isn’t widely available outside of cities, like DSL is.

Coverage.

  • DSL: A DSL connection is available in more place than a cable connection.
  • Cable: Cities are typically the only areas where cable is available.

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