Can DSL Be Wireless?
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Can DSL Be Wireless?

Yes, DSL can be wireless simply by using a wireless router.

DSL, works by transferring information across copper wires and lines. High speed DSL is widely available and is typically offered in two different services: symmetrical DSL, where download and uploads are carried out at the same speeds, and asymmetrical DSL, where items are downloaded faster than they’re uploaded. Both types of DSL can be transmitted through a wireless signal carried out by a wireless modem.

While DSL isn’t as new as cable Internet (which works through coaxial cables), or as widely available as either satellite Internet or traditional dial-up, one benefit that DSL providers are able to offer that it uses mainly existing phone lines. However, wireless DSL works with a DSL modem to transmit Internet to computers and portable devices via wireless signals and not hard wiring. It allows users within a business or household to access the Internet from their computers, smartphones, tablets, iPods and any other device that uses the Internet, from anywhere within the modem’s range.

Why wireless DSL Internet?

Wireless DSL Internet is typically faster than using 3G or 4G data service for web browsing on tablets and smartphones, not to mention more secure when completing more sensitive tasks such as online banking, bill paying and online shopping. Perhaps most significantly, however, is its convenience. Users can take laptops and mobile devices anywhere within a modem’s wireless range to accomplish Internet tasks, without it counting against a data allotment.

Essentially, for completing online tasks around the house or just outside of the home, wireless DSL is beneficial. However, the benefits only extend as far as the modem transmits, meaning that 3G and 4G data is still valuable for completing on-the-go tasks.

Acquiring a wireless DSL signal for your home or business isn’t difficult. Since DSL service is widely available, local DSL providers are able to install and activate the router that’s necessary. What’s more is that DSL modems and routers can be purchased at just about any electronics retailer, allowing users to thereby own the modem and not have to pay the equipment rental costs that DSL providers typically charge.