So everyone super excited writes about internet service providers that are offering fiber internet directly to the home. But let’s face it. Most of us don’t live in an area where we can get 100 percent fiber and waiting around for Google to show up and. Same the day with an army of construction workers might take a really long time. So the majority of us are still using either cable or DSL to get online. But is one better than the other and how exactly can internet data travel over a cable TV wire or a phone line that only carried 56K. dialogue not so long ago.
Although people laughed at Ted Stevens for calling the internet a series of tubes. It’s actually pretty darn helpful to picture the phone or cable line of running to your house as a pipe. A phone conversation or Adam Sandler movie that you’re. Enjoying only takes up part of that pipes space. The space in the pipe yes we’re continuing this knowledge that would otherwise be empty can be filled with creamy delicious internet data packets which are kept separate from phone calls or cable TV by simply using a different frequency band. Similar to how different frequencies on your FM radio corresponds to an entirely different stations. So in the case on DSL which runs over a regular phone line. Phone calls only take up a very tiny part on the available bandwidth which explains why DSL is so much faster than a dial up connection since old school 56K. internet could only use the frequencies that were dedicated to phone traffic. To further increase speeds for the average user ISP. is typically a sign much more of the available bandwidth to downstream traffic rather than upstream as most people download far more things than they do upload which is why ADSL is a common term that you’ll see in advertising with the aid standing for a symmetric. As your upload and download speeds will be usually very different.
Of course, if you need lots of up stream and with such as if you’re a video production company you can actually get symmetric DSL or ask the SL. You get it they both work by sending stuff down in an empty part of a. Piper copper wire but how then are these 2 different well one of the biggest distinctions is wonderful here quite a bit from companies that are trying to sell you DSL and that is that your connection to the ISP is your own.
Bandwidth on an incoming cable connection prepared to DSL is often shared by many other people in your neighborhood so if tons of people are streaming in 4K on Netflix or downloading games off steam at once your speed will often suffered. So that’s great DSL is a dedicated connection just for you. But it suffers from its own bottleneck the farther you are physically located from your internet service provider or one of their stations the slower your DSL connection will be synced DSL isn’t compatible with the boosting equipment that phone companies use to make sure that you have a clear conversation from 3000 miles away this is part of the reason that cable connections are often faster no DSL is often a cheaper choice.
Especially since contrary to a popular misconception you don’t necessarily need phone service to get DSL as many ISP’s offer DSL over something called a dry loop even if you don’t pay to make calls on a landline. So shop around a bit and keep those things in mind in your quest to find the most reliable ISP so your connection won’t suddenly dropped.