Digging deep into what types of broadband connections out there available for the public greatly increases your knowledge on which plan to subscribe to. There are various reasons why people subscribe to the Internet but sometimes there are those who subscribe to plans that are too expensive or unfit for what they need the Internet connection for, which leads to wasted money and disappointment. Here’s a list that might help you make a smart decision before subscribing.
- Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
This is one of the most common broadband connections and also the cheapest. DSL connections are always through phone lines. But recently “naked” DSL connection plans are catching up to consumers because, unlike with ordinary plans where you have to avail of a phone subscription to avail of a DSL subscription, naked DSL is a DSL plan without the phone subscription. So instead of paying double just to have an Internet connection you only get to pay for the DSL.
DSL connections are generally recommended for those who just need an Internet connection for personal use. There’s a wide range of broadband DSL plans offered by many Internet Service Providers. When its just for work, personal use, or competitive gaming, or if you live out in rural areas and there’s a phone line, you might be eligible to avail of a DSL connection.
- Cable Modem
Cable modem service is a broadband service provided by cable operators using the same cables connected to your television and a special modem that splits the cable connection into two: one for the television and the other to your computer.
Speeds of cable connection are comparable to DSL and there are plans for each speed bracket as well. This is recommended for those who would like an alternative to DSL or for areas that don’t have phone lines but have cable service instead.
Fiber Optic broadband makes use of optical fibers, flexible, transparent fiber made of glass and plastic by transmitting data in the form of light from one end to another. It’s practically the fastest Internet connection available to the public, reaching speeds of 150Mbps to 1Gbps or more.
It also happens to be the most expensive and hard to avail of. If your area isn’t within reach of a fiber optic network, chances for you to avail of this connection is very slim unless you are willing to shell out large sums of money. This type of connection is mostly recommended for businesses that require high speed and stable Internet. But if you are able to afford to pay more and you are within the range of a fiber optic network then there’s no problem choosing this type of subscription.
Wireless broadband uses radio link between the customer and the provider. As the name suggest, this does not involve cables or phone lines like the previous three. Wireless Internet receivers are small and are supposed to be plugged into a USB port. This means that you can take your Internet connection anywhere and use it on any PC.
Mobile works the same except that the reciever and transmitter are already in your smartphones. This allows your smartphone to let you communicate with the Internet anywhere there is a strong signal, marked by the bars on top of your phone’s screen. The more bars you see the stronger the reception is.
Satellite is a broadband connection involving a small satellite dish, or antenna mounted on top of your roof, that sends the signal to a satellite and sends it to your ISP. Like mobile it doesn’t involve phone cables or fiber optics. This makes it easy to deploy like other wireless technology. The downside of this is that the signal is easily disrupted during bad weather conditions.
This is recommended only for the purpose of having an Internet connection in an area with no phone, and no cable TV. Both satellite and wireless are definitely not for gaming or business purposes.
- Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
BPL is the same with DSL and cable, but is done over an existing low-voltage or medium-voltage powerline. This technology is supposed to be the answer to letting people access the Internet when a phone line, cable or a fiber network are absent. Its still in development and still has a lot of problems that make it not suitable for commercial purposes yet. Some of the projects that attempted to apply this technology have been abandoned.
So when choosing a connection, you must consider first its purpose. It would be bad if you apply for a fiber when you’ll only use it to download movies and unless you can afford to pay for it. It would be bad if you decide to apply for a wireless when your business is done everyday over the Internet. A storm might pass by and a whole day would be wasted.