With so many different types of internet providers out there, it is tough to figure out the best one for your home or your business. The three major differences, in my opinion, are availability, speed, and delivery. I have put together the four main types of internet to help you make the right choice.
Dial-up internet connects consumers to the online world by way of a telephone line.
the pros are that dial-up is available in most areas around the country. People are able to use this type of internet in remote and rural areas. Other types connections are not possible in those areas.
I believe because it is set up through a line connection, consumers can not talk on the phone and surf the web at the same time. This is a huge problem in today’s advanced world.
DSL(Digital Subscriber Line) Internet
Dial-up uses a physical line, and DSL uses a wireless telephone connection. It connects consumers through telephone network wires.
Pros are DSL delivers a higher speed of connection than Dial-Up. In addition, even though DSL uses telephone lines, consumers can talk on the phone and surf the web.
Cons are that DSL internet speeds are not always consistent. The connection depends on the distance from the consumer to the provider. For example, your neighbor down the street might have a better connection than you because they are closer to the connection than you, even though you both are paying the same price.
You are connected online via a satellite system that is attached to the roof of your home. A signal is sent to your satellite from a Network Operation Center.
Pros are like Dial-up, satellite internet can reach rural areas and remote businesses. It is a way for remote homes to get broadband speeds.
Cons are if the weather is bad, you may not be able to do the things you enjoy. Stuff like online gaming and video chatting will be hard to do when there is a severe storm in your area.
Fiber-Optic internet communicates data to your computer by pulses of light that is laser-generated. The signal is understood by your computer because it uses Optical Network Terminal(ONT). ONT is a media converter that can be delivered by way of phone or internet.
Pros are that when ONT is in your home, the internet used by your neighbors will not effect your internet connection. According to the government, the average internet speed in America was 50 Mbps. Fiber-optic internet can offer up to 500 Mbps. These speeds can allow you to use many devices in your home without downloading or uploading compromises.
Cons are that only 10 percent of homes have this type of internet. Which means that they are limited in demand and are determined by your provider.