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Re: a number of things - esp DSL
In General, your DSL explanation is correct. There are some items you
failed to mention:
1) The "high speed" that you obtain is UNIDIRECTIONAL! That is you get
the hish speed for downloading material from the web. For those of us
who have and maintain a web site, the uploading is actually slower with
DSL that with a normal telephone modem.
2) For this item, I've been given conflicting information so it may not
be factual: If you have two or more residences at which you access the
Internet for only parts of a year, you pay for each DSL for the
full-year. For example, I spend six months each year (summer) "up
north" and the other six months in Florida. The annual cost for the DSL
when you only use it part of the year is greater than anticipated. This
also applies if you have a traveling laptop. In this latter instance,
you will need both the DSL connection and a telephone modem (when you're
away from your DSL location.
I though you'd like to know
"J. R. Fox" wrote:
> Morris Krok wrote:
> > Patricia talks about DSL. Excuse my ignorance what does it mean.
> Digital Subscriber Line. At the moment, there are three main competitors in Broadband
> internet access: cable modem service, DSL (or variants thereof), and satellite. Any of
> these should be **many** times faster than a 56K dial-up modem -- the differences for
> loading web pages or downloading larger files is _startling_. These are "always-on"
> connections, in contrast to your regular phone service, although DSL actually
> your phone line, such that voice and data traffic can flow simultaneously, without
> cross-interference. A cable modem makes use of your cable-tv line. In major cities in
> country, until a few months ago, cable modem or DSL service ran about $40. a month,
> though installation (and possibly the equipment) were extra, with a one-year service
> committment. A recent round of price increases has typically raised this figure to
> $50./month. Satellite service has generally been more expensive (this may be starting
> to change), but could be available in some more remote areas not served by the other
> For businesses, universities, or those with extremely deep pockets, there are also T1,
> and T3 lines, which are orders of magnitude faster yet.
> I've had DSL service for a little over a year. Perhaps the biggest problem with it is
> once you've grown accustomed to it (broadband service in general, I mean), dropping
> back to the use of a dial-up modem seems like cruel and unusual punishment.