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Learn About Broadband Internet Connections

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Introduction

Do you want faster Internet access? Tired of downloads that take hours? A broadband Internet connection (Cable or DSL) may be for you.

This How-To Article helps you decide if a broadband Internet connection if for you.


Learn About Broadband Internet Connections

What is broadband?

A broadband Internet connection allows you to browse the web at amazing speeds, sometimes up to 100 times faster than your dial-up modem. Broadband Internet connections for the home are usually Cable or DSL connections.

Reasons you need a broadband Internet connection

You frequently use the Internet for downloads.

You often use the Internet for multimedia including streaming video and audio.

You visit interactive web sites that use technologies such as Macromedia Flash, which can take some time to download.

You have multiple PCs that you want to connect to the Internet.

You work with several applications that need the Internet at the same time.

You want to be prepared for the future of the Internet and technology.

You don't want a broadband Internet connection if...

You only use the Internet mainly for E-mail.

You aren't interested in Internet multimedia such as streaming video and audio.

You don't use the Internet much. A broadband connection usually costs more than dial-up, so if you aren't going to use it much, you might as well keep the dial-up connection.

You're worried about security. Broadband connections keep you connected 24/7, making you more vulnerable to security break-ins. (We highly recommend a Personal Firewall if you have a broadband Internet connection.)

You only have one computer. Broadband Internet connections are great for home networks. If you only have one computer, depending on what you use the Internet for, you may not need a broadband connection.

Conclusion

Basically, if you want a fast Internet connection that is prepared for the future, get a broadband connection. If you don't use the Internet much, or just use the Internet for low-bandwidth uses, then you probably don't need a broadband Internet connection.

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