Types of Internet Options

High speed internet has become a necessity in a world of evolving technology. It is our present and it will be our future. Thus, it is important to understand the essential aspects of the internet so that you will choose the best internet options, internet services, and internet plans that are available for your needs.

The main types of high speed internet available on the market are:

  • Digital Subscriber Line
  • Cable Modem
  • Fiber
  • Wireless
  • Satellite

Regional availability is the major factor that impacts one’s internet options because all types of high speed internet aren’t available everywhere. Usually, one’s internet options are contingent upon the internet services provided by the internet service providers in that region. Regional availability will greatly narrow your internet options. Also, speed and connectivity is typically dependent upon the type of high speed internet service that you have and its distance from your home to the closest service provider and, if wireless, distance from the wireless modem and structure of the home.

Digital Subscriber Line

A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) uses traditional telephone lines to connect to the internet. There two main types of DSL - Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) and Symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (SDSL). ADSL is most practical for residential use where one isn’t using the internet to transmit large amounts of upstream data, such as one who is operating a moderate or large-scale business. However, SDSL is most practical for those who need to transmit large amount of upstream and downstream data. Two other types of DSLs, which are generally used for moderate to large scale businesses are High Rate Data Digital Subscriber Line (HDSL) and Very High Rate Data Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL).

Cable Modem

Cable Modem is an internet option that is often faster than Digital Subscriber Line internet services. Unlike most internet options, it is provided by cable company rather than a traditional internet services provider. It operates by connecting to your modem, which will also be connected to your wall as well as your computer to the same coaxial cables that deliver picture and sound to your television.

Fiber

Fiber is one of the faster high-speed internet options available. Yet, regional availability determines access. Fiber is shaping up to be the internet option of future preference as it delivers the fastest internet speed and the most stable connections using fiber optic cable which transforms electrical signals into light to transmit data upstream and downstream

Internet services that can be provided by Fiber are:

Wireless

  • Voice over Internet Protocol(VoIP)
  • Television
  • Video on Demand
  • Home Security

Wireless internet service is an option that, along Fiber is also a mainstay as technology allows us to become increasingly mobile while connected. Wireless service can be provided from mobile points as well as fixed points. It can also help to connection to the internet in private businesses and organizations. Its provision is more flexible as licensed and unlicensed devices are allowed to provide service to most areas as well as more small service providers can offer services in areas with limited or no access to the internet, such as in many rural areas.

Satellite

Satellite internet is a service that is usually available in most areas. It is the main option for those living in rural and other areas with limited internet access. It operates by using satellites that orbit around the Earth to provide connection to the internet. While speeds are usually faster than dial-up, and now can be as fast as cable modem, DSL, and fiber. Connectivity is dependent upon the weather.