Internet Connection Types

Dial Up

Your computer dials up a number(via telephone line), the modem connects and the analog signal is made into a digital one. 28K-56K speeds and only used in remote communities. Calls cannot be made while connected to the internet. Mostly discontinued universally.

DSL

(Digital Subscriber Line) Similar to Dial Up in that it uses the phone lines, but instead uses 2 lines when connected and a router which allows calls to be made while connected. Unlike Dial Up it makes use of a router which allows connection speeds between *128K-8Mbps. 

Cable Internet

Utilizes cable TV lines (coaxial cables) while accessing internet through a modem. This allows stability and speed greater than the previous, and in a range of *512K-20Mbps. 

Wireless Networks

(Wi-Fi) Radio frequency instead of lines or cables are used to connect. You can get high-speed internet in ranges from *5Mbps-20Mbps. An example of this is mobile companies. 

Satellite

Self explanatory, but if you can clearly see the sky, this is one of the better options out there for rural living. Many companies haven’t built the infrastructure yet for some of the other options, but this allows for streaming, gaming, and other data heavy activities.  Speed ranges from *12mbps-100mbps.

Fiber Optics

Currently the most efficient option. Fiber optic transmissions don’t get distortion from copper which allow the network to be faster. You can see speeds up to *10gbps which is significantly higher than any other current options on the market. 

*Numbers are ranges based on various providers

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