Internet access can be generally broken down into two categories:
An access telephone number which is provided by your Internet Provider is used to connect to the ISP's server thereby giving you access to the Internet.
This system is slow especially when downloading files and also inconvenient if there are no separate dedicated lines for Internet and home telephone.
Dial-up is still used in certain remote areas because of the unavailability of Broadband and by some individuals due to the comparatively low cost.
If you use a dial-up connection, make sure to sign up with an Internet Provider that has local access numbers. If not, you will be paying long distance charges everytime you go online!
Also, try to get unlimited access (if it is not too expensive.)
Cable and DSL - Home Networking
For security of your computer, a router with a firewall is recommended.
You should contact your Internet Provider regarding sharing Internet connection since this might be contrary to your contract with them.
Internet Provider - CompetitionIf you live in an area where various types of Internet connections are offered, you should be able to get some very good offers to chose from. Because of competition, the Internet Service Providers might be offering various types of discounts to entice Internet users to use their service.
Those with telephone service, might even bundle the telephone and Internet services with a discount offer.
In the case of the cable Internet Provider, their offer could be bundled with Internet and cable TV service.
You should thoroughly check these various offers - read the fine print!
Two of the larger service providers, Comcast Cable and AT&T Hi-Speed Internet, are offering cable television, digital telephone and Internet service as 'bundled' packages. Comcast calls their package XFINITY and AT&T calls their package UVERSE.
There is a major upgrade to data transmission referred to as T1 Internet Line. A T1 line describes a special type of copper or fiber optic telephone line which can carry more data than regular telephone lines.
AT&T Bell Labs for North America and Japan developed the T-carrier line.
The use of twisted copper lines have been the 'norm' for a long time for voice tranmisions by analog signals.
Although there is fiber optic, T1 lines are still made of twisted copper. T1 lines are still able to handle large datastreams.
Standard telephone lines are able to transmit data and voice at approximately 30 kbps when using a dial-up modem.
A T1 broadband line is able to transmit approximately 1.5 Mbt/s or 24 digitized voice channels.
This T1 line is ideal for a commercial building phone service or for network data transfer since it's approximately 60 times faster the regular modem.
It is prudent for companies that have over 8 phone lines to invest in a dedicated T1 line since this can reduce phone charges and provide high-speed Internet simultaneously.
Do the 'math' ..... A company pays for one T1 line instead of 8 separate telephone lines!
T1 lines are more expensive but prices are reducing as demand increases.
Choosing an Internet ProviderIf you are using a dial-up connection, get a package with Unlimited Access.
For Broadband services, check out the various providers in your area. For DSL, you will need to do a telephone number check for availability of this service at your location. For cable, it will depend on the availability of cable service in your area.
Whatever type of connection that you choose, ensure that your service contract includes technical support.
Final Thoughts...... Dial-Up vs. BroadbandTo make a decision as to the type of Internet connection that you will require from an Internet Provider, ask yourself how long do you spend on the Internet each time you are online and what you use the Internet for.
Please note that with the present offers being made by various ISPs, Broadband might not be that much more expensive than dial-up; especially if you have a second telephone line for the convenience of not having your telephone line tied up while using a dial-up Internet connection. With Broadband, you would not need that second line!
If you use dial-up a few times each week to check your e-mail and do minimal web browsing, you could use a dial-up connection. But, if you use the Internet several times each day for various types of activities including downloading data, playing online games and sharing music or video files, you should definitely consider a Broadband connection.
You could also cut your Broadband costs by using the same Internet Provider for other services such as telephone, TV and mobile telephone accounts.
Also... be on the look out for some special introductory offers!
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