Is DSL Dial-up?
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Is DSL Dial-up?

There’s been a bit of confusion surrounding the differences between dial-up and DSL. To be very clear, DSL and dial-up are not nearly the same thing. The only real similarities between the two are that DSL and dial-up are both means of accessing the Internet, and both make use of the telephone line in order to connect you to the world.

The similarities pretty much end right there, though, and the differences between the two means of acquiring Internet are greater in number and in significance than that short list of similarities:

DSL is several times faster

Dial-up was the first real Internet in most peoples’ homes, and things weren’t very fast back then. Of course, dial-up still isn’t very fast. Dial-up uses regular, audible frequencies to transmit data. This means very slow upload and download speeds. You can think of the frequencies in a phone line like a garden hose – the wider it is, the more water is going to get through.

DSL Uses broadband technologies

The frequencies used to connect DSL to your computer are much wider, allowing for faster connectivity, but you also need special Internet hardware to get the most out of this broadband connection. Much like a cable modem, a DSL modem can ‘hear’ all of the different frequencies in the phone line and can turn it into data that your web browser can read. a dial-up modem will only ‘listen; to a much smaller amount of frequencies to transmit into data packets.

Dial-up is becoming scarce

Dial-up is still in use in some remote rural locations in the US and Canada, but by and large, most people these days are using DSL or cable Internet. Dial-up simply can’t keep up with the Internet as it is today. Between streaming videos and multi-media enabled websites, there’s not much that you can do with dial-up except check your emails and run antiquated chat programs. Not to mention that many people are accessing the internet from gaming and streaming devices, and dial-up just isn’t fast enough for gaming systems.

Still stuck on dial up?

If you’re still on dial-up, then DSL is the step that you need to take in order to get up to speed with the rest of the web. DSL provides greater speed and accessibility, and will guarantee you high speed Internet access for now and the future. So, if you’re ready to ditch dial up and upgrade to DSL, then call the number on this screen and let our Internet experts connect you to the DSL provider in your area today.

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