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alternative to internet connections for home networks

There are many alternatives for internet connections out there. Here we will introduce you to some of them.

First of all there is DSL (digital subscriber line), it is popular, widespread and provides high speed networking through wiring and digital modems. It is compatible to both wired and wireless routers. Its prevalence means it is easy to get and reliable.

Next there is cable, a form of broadband net. In place of phone lines, cable net makes use of television wiring, however the same routers can work for both DSL or cable. Like DSL it is popular and widely available.

Also there is dial up internet, this was the original form of net connectivity but this is now being supplanted by faster and better alternatives. It makes use of phone lines, where all connections are formed through the wiring so making calls is not possible if you’re on the net. Mostly this is used in conjunction with internet connection sharing (ICS) to solve the problem. This is an expensive and unsatisfactory option to choose, though it is usually preferred in more isolated areas where the better alternatives are not available.

Then there is integrated services digital network (ISDN). This was DSL’s predecessor. It too works over phone lines, and allows voice and data traffic to happen together. It is thrice as effective as dial up although it is similar to it in many other respects. It is inexpensive but also inferior to DSL and is likely to be populated in areas where DSL in not provided.

Satellite internet is yet another alternative (offered by companies like Starband, Direcway and Wildblue). It works through a mini dish and a modem and it works much the same way as satellite tv is broadcast. Networking is a hassle with satellite internet as routers do not function with the modem (VPN might not work either). It is common in areas where DSL or cable is unavailable and people look for the greatest bandwidth the subscriber can provide.

Broadband over power line (BPL) provides connectivity through power lines. It performs analogously and utilizes free signaling space on the wire to conduct data traffic. BPL has very pointed drawbacks, it causes interference in power lines which creates problems for other radio transmissions. The equipment used to set up BPL is inexpensive but it is separate than that used for other networks. There is a clear distinction between BPL and powerline home networking, which is restricted to networking without joining up to the internet.

Other alternatives include; Fractional T1/T3 Internet - these are leased line network cables. Put in multi-resident buildings, they are underground fiber or copper cables that connect directly to the service provider.
In addition there is cellular internet which is available through digital cell phones and wireless broadband internet- high speed wireless internet.


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