It is not wrong to state that the internet is something that has been impacting us more than anything else in the 21st century. We use the internet for all kinds of things. When we wake up we look at online messaging apps for texts from loved ones. Then, while readying ourselves for work, we use the internet to find out how hot or cold it is outside. Afterward, we use the global network to find the route that will take the least amount of travel time. In addition to all of this, our internet connections come in handy when we are working from home and want to communicate with our colleagues or use online tools for work. Besides, the internet helps us feel close to people who are literally tens of thousands of miles away.
In today’s times, people are being made to decide between different internet connection types more often than not. The coronavirus pandemic forced a lot of layoffs. Now, the very same people who got laid off are finding new jobs in new places in the post-pandemic era. As soon as they shift into their new abode, they get desperate to be subscribed to the internet. The reason for this is simple: as explained earlier, the internet is of crucial importance to the human race and no one wants to be in a house without the internet for too long. To help you choose between the different internet types, we will be detailing all the types of internet connections in the paragraphs below.
This one is more just a throwback to past times. The truth is dial-up is much slower than other network types mentioned in this article as it only enabled speeds in the kilobits of seconds. However, because of the fact that it was the only network available to baby boomers in the latter half of the 20th century, we think it is of critical importance to acknowledge it in our article.
DSL – The Digital Subscriber Line
The digital subscriber line is considered to be the successor of dial-up internet as both are transmitted through telephone cables. However, the similarity ends there. Truth be told, the digital subscriber line cables can allow broadband transmission. What this means is that data can be transferred in tens of megabits per second! The best part is subscribing to this type of internet connection is not even that expensive. You can get connected to a digital subscriber line network for approximately fifty dollars. Both the affordability and speediness of the digital subscriber line made it very popular. In fact, up until three years ago in 2019, there was no type of internet connection than the DSL in the Organization for Economic Corporation and Development (OECD) countries.
Can you decipher which type of internet connection took the top spot from the digital subscriber line in OECD countries? Cable! Cable shot up in popularity because it offered broadband connections oftentimes even faster than those enabled by the DSL. Alongside, cable internet is transmitted through the same type of cables that enable cable television – hence the name. What this means is that people can save up by subscribing to both television and internet services simultaneously – telecom service providers give discounts to people who give them more business by subscribing to multiple services. For example, Comcast offers bundle packages that feature both Comcast internet and the brand’s television service.
Fiber is, by far, the fastest internet type. Speeds of fiber internet can go as high as thousands of megabits per second. It is transmitted through, as the name suggests, fiber-optic cables consisting of filaments. Through these filaments, internet signals are transmitted in the form of light. The drawback with fiber is that it is not available in some urban areas and not in rural areas. In the case that you are sold that fiber is for you, you can go ahead and call up the different internet service providers to find out whether fiber has come to your hometown or not.
So we just told you about the fastest internet connection type that is available in very limited areas. Now, think in the opposite sense. Satellite internet is the slowest because of the high latency involved. However, it is available literally everywhere, even in Antarctica.
We are optimistic that you have gained a better idea of the different ways in which the internet is transmitted.