From the list of many cable providers, finding one that is perfect for your television, phone, and Internet service can be a daunting task. With all the available options in the market, and so many technical terms to consider, you often just settle for what is the first choice that is available to you. The choice you have made probably is not the best one for you. Here are some things that you need to consider in order to compare the available providers in the market today.
- Dial-up connection was the pioneer for home Internet service. This requires an active phone line when connecting to the Internet, meaning the phone line is deemed unusable when accessing the Internet. Although this is still available today, it is no longer popular due to the fact that it is prone to disconnect and is very slow. But dial-up still exists for a reason. You do not need much when opting for a dial-up connection. All you need is a phone line and a phone jack and viola, you have cheap Internet access.
- Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) provides digital data transmission through the wires of a local telephone network. An improvement over the dial-up connection, since the phone lines can be used simultaneously with the Internet, as it divides the frequency into two bands. The data for the Internet access uses the high frequency while the regular telephone uses the lower frequency. There are various broadband Internet providers that offer DSL, which is fast becoming the most popular of the cable providers. You can easily choose a broadband plan that would fit your needs.
- Cable Internet Access uses the cable television infrastructure to access the Internet. It provides network edge connectivity through the broadband cable to the end user. This service offers a higher speed compared to the DSL service, but it requires more from the user since it needs a cable modem at the customer’s premises in order to have Internet access. This can be expensive on the part of the subscriber. You definitely pay for the speed of your Internet.
- Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) are Internet service providers with networks that are built over wireless networks. Initially WISPs were only available in rural areas where DSL and cable were not an option. These days, a lot of providers are available in the market. Speed for this Internet access varies with the availability of the wireless network in the area that you are in.
- Satellite Internet Access is a recent technological development. Not much has been written about it yet due to the newness of the technology, only that it is used for locations where terrestrial Internet access is not available and for customers that move frequently. Internet access can be made available on sea vessels and land vehicles.
If you notice, each Internet provider has its own pros and cons. You can find one that would best fit your needs by listing what is most important to you: speed, cost, being able to access the Internet from anywhere, etc.