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High-Speed Internet Connections

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Introduction

Is your dial-up Internet connection too slow? The best way to solve this is with an affordable high-speed Internet connection.

This How-To Article is a guide on where to start with high-speed Internet connections and what to do to get one.


High-Speed Internet Connections

Cable Internet Connections

Cable Internet is the fastest when it comes to affordable home Internet connections. Cable Internet is provided from your cable company, usually the same company that provides you with cable TV service.

How does it work? Cable Internet is transmitted on a part of the wire that is unused for TV programming. Therefore, you can watch TV and surf the Internet at the same time, without any interference.

Cable Internet access is typically faster than DSL. Cable Internet connections can range anywhere from 500 kbps to 2 mbps. This large range is caused because your connection speed depends on how many people are currently using Cable Internet in your area.

Contact your Cable provider to see if they can provide Cable Internet services in your area.

DSL Internet Connections

DSL Internet works on your existing telephone wires, therefore requiring no costly upgrades to your home's wiring.

With DSL, connection speed is usually slightly slower than a Cable Internet connection. The speed of DSL depends on how far away you are from the CO (Central Office). The closer you are, the faster the connection, and the further you are, the slower the connection.

If security is a concern, DSL is probably the better choice. DSL connections are as safe as your dial-up connections because you are connected more directly, not on what is essentially a LAN when you use Cable Internet.

To check if DSL is available in your area, go to http://www.getspeed.com.

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