Internet Users across the world are faced with the problem of choosing a suitable internet access for their computer systems. A wide variety of connectivity options are available in the international computer market today. Connection speed and price are two major considerations that need to be addressed before selecting an apt internet connection.
An average computer user, today, needs to choose between either a dial-up or a broadband connection for accessing the Web. Here, a fine discretion is required to choose the right service, depending on your needs and resources and comparing them to what each connection has to offer. A better knowledge of both the connections reveals the clear advantages of broad-band over dial-up connectivity. Though dial-up connections are still the most popular and cheapest form of internet access, the advantages of broadband clearly outweigh the low installation costs of dial-up connection.
Compared to broadband, dial-up connection is the slowest way to connect to an internet site.” Data transfer speeds are usually limited to 56 kilobits per second (kbps) at best” (Dial-up vs broadband (archived), 2008). A dialup service connected through a telephone line requires waiting for your dial-up modem to log into AOL or EarthLink (The Shades, 2004-2008). Moreover, dial-up services are usually charged depending on the online time spent on the net. That means the cost of dial-up services in such cases can escalate on par with broadband connection.
In addition to the above, users of dial-up service find it extremely difficult to view videos, such as YouTube; take longer hours to download as well as open email attachments; and play online games.
However, the service is more suitable for light internet surfers who use the net occasionally to check emails, pay online bills or do some light web browsing (Dial-up vs broadband(archived), 2008). The connection also suits those users who prefer lower monthly charges for their connection and at the same time expect higher security features. In a dial-up connection, a user’s IP address changes constantly thereby making the connection more secure compared to broadband. In such cases alone, the upfront costs of installing a broadband connection are not justified. But in every other aspect, the advantages of a broadband connection clearly outweigh its set-up costs.
Basically, broadband Internet access is high speed Internet access through either a cable Internet connection or a digital subscriber line (DSL). The DSL connection is made over ordinary telephone lines, while cable broadband Internet access comes over cable TV line. In both the cases, online internet connection is not interrupted by other telecommunication lines including fax or phone line (Dial-up vs broadband (archived), 2008). Moreover, wireless, ADSL, and cable all offer high-speed internet access with a permanent connection, which can be used by more than one computer at a given time. The connections, however, need a special modem to work. All these broadband connections ensure a faster, higher-quality internet connection.
The major advantage of a broadband is its connection speed. An average DSL line can translate data at 5Mbps connection speeds without any disruption, through unused wires in existing phone lines (CERIAS: dialup vs broadband Internet Connection, 2008).
“The most common broadband however can transfer up to 512 kilobits of data a second. However their are a number of service providers that can transfer at 4480 kilobits a second that is 80 times faster than a dial up connection”( TheBigChoice: Dial Up Interent versus Broadband, 2000 – 2008).
The connection also ensures the users a continuous uninterrupted access to the web. For this reason, the service is most often referred to as an “always on” service. The connection offers increased allowable video file size, making it extremely easy to download large multimedia files from the net. Even for light internet users, certain broadband connections such as ADSL provider offers a cost-effective 300MB plan that requires no additional charges for excess data downloads (Dial-up vs broadband (archived), 2008). Once the system gets connected to ISP via a DSL or cable wire, it remains connected till the line is physically unplugged, allowing easier and faster data downloading.
All these advantages clearly outweigh the costs incurred in setting up a broadband connection. With a broadband connection, access to internet will be at least five times faster than a regular dial-up service. Broadband, with its high-speed technology offers innumerable advantages to all those internet users who look for services that can help in file-sharing, faster file-downloading of data without any interruption from other telecommunication lines.
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