There are three different ways that you can connect to the Internet in your home: DSL, satellite, and cable. Here is some information to help you determine which option will best suit your needs.
DSL stands for digital subscriber link. This is the most common connection in the United States. This connection uses your phone line and a special modem. (This does not interfere with telephone conversations.) Computers can be connected to the modem (that customers have to purchase) through a wired connection and sometimes modems also have the capacity for wireless connections. The average download speed for DSL connections is 2.61 megabytes per second. Upload speed is .64 megabytes per second. An average cost for DSL ranges from $15 to $20.
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Satellite connections require purchase or lease of a small satellite dish that can receive and transmit signals. The dish is aimed at the ISP satellite and makes connections to the Internet through the satellite. Satellite connections are popular with people in rural areas where there isn’t any DSL option. However, there is a big drawback with satellite Internet connections. Rain and snow impair the satellite dish’s ability to get a signal from the ISP satellite. Average download speed is 550K per second and around 200K for uploading.
Many cable companies offer bundles that include an Internet connection. This Internet connection uses the existing cable television wires and infrastructure from the cable company in the home. A special cable modem is required to complete the Internet connection. This is a popular option for families that already have cable. Average cost for Internet with a cable company is $45.