Due to the rapid growth of technology devices and gadgets, almost all of them are dependent on a internet connection.Each Household could connect up to a dozen of devices to the internet depending on the size of the household. A user can have up four devices such as; smartphone, laptop, tablets, smart wearables, and in majority, all these devices should be connected to the internet in order to use certain functions, features or apps.
A fast internet connection is a must for all home consumers and business consumers. But knowing the real speed of a internet connection is another question. A fast internet connection must be fast enough to operate many personal or professional functions. In the present time, most ISPs (Internet Service Providers) offer ADSL and fibre optic broadband to all types of consumers. ADSL broadband are the previous generation type of broadband where it has decent download bandwidth (speed) for users to receive data but not a great bandwidth for users to send or upload data.
The Majority of the ISPs have now switched to fibre optic broadband, and what is fibre optic you ask? Well it is the fastest type of broadband or internet connection around. The speeds vary from tens of Mbps (megabits per second) to hundreds of Mbps.
There are few different types of broadband around, and in this article we will outline and explain each of them and what makes them better than others.
Dial Up Connection
This internet connection is probably one of the most antique and slowest type of connection that was available in the early days of internet connection availability. Not only this was the slowest internet connection that every existed but it interfered with the phone line connection, meaning users were not able to use the telephone. The way this internet connection worked is by connecting the other one end of the phone line to the computer modem and then configuring the network settings on your computer so that your computer can dial a number specifically provided by the ISP. This was the only method to have access to the internet back in the days. More than 90% of internet users have now switched to faster broadband. There is the odd few percent of consumers using the dial up connection..
DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)
This is internet connection was the next generation internet connection from dial up. It had and has many advantages and is also used by many ordinary users around the world. The whole concept of DSL is that it provides speeds from hundreds of kilobits per second to many megabits per second.The range of speeds available can depend on the distance from the nearest phone company facility to the household. The two main types of DSL connections are:
- ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line): This type of DSL connection is used mainly by household users who mainly surf the internet and download some data. As mentioned before this type of connection is good for receiving data, but is very slow when it comes to sending data.
- SDSL (Symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line): This connection has a slight difference to ADSL connection. It is usually used in businesses that require services such as; uploading data, video conference and email exchange. Therefore it enables the consumer to downstream and upstream data.
The fibre optic internet connection is the newest and mostly used type of connection available almost everywhere. It is the type of internet connection that is now used by the majority of the households and businesses. It works by converting electrical signals which carry data to light and passes on the light via translucent glass fibres which have the diameter size of a human hair. The fibre optic connections moves data at exceeding speeds when compared with DSL, cable or dial up connections. Speeds vary from tens of Mbps to hundreds of Mbps. There are two forms of fibre optic broadbands that ISPs provide:
- FTTC (Fibre Through the Cabinet): The majority of households or businesses use this type of fibre connection. The way it works is that a new fibre street cabinet is installed to another near street cabinet. The new fibre cabinet is then connected to BT exchange via a fibre optic cable. The only downside to this form of fibre connection is that it still uses copper wires to connected in-between fibre cabinets, which can reduce the transmission of speed. Internet service providers such as BT and SKY, provide up-to 80 Mbps with the FTTC connection.
-FTTP (Fibre Through the Premises): This type of connection is probably the best connection any consumer can get. This is basically an end to end fibre optic connection, meaning that there is a fibre optic connection from the BT exchange straight to the premises. Because FTTC uses copper wires to transmit signals, it reduces some aspects of the speeds, however with FTTP the use of fibre optic wires from the BT exchange to the premises, it massively increases the broadband speeds, even if the distance is further away from the exchange to the premises, the speed will not be effected because of the use of the fibre optic wires and cables.
A wireless connection is used via a router. The router is then connected through DSL or Fibre Optic connection in order to transmit the speed and data wirelessly to other devices. A wireless network is connected via radio waves in order to keep up with the communications. In order to create a wireless connection users need to have Network Cards built within their devices in order to connect to the wireless connection as well as access points and routers order to have connectivity from the fibre or DSL connection. Depending on the amount of devices that are used within a premises and the amount of bandwidth a router can generate, your internet speed may vary. If the wireless router is placed in a distant location from your devices, it can also cause a reduction in internet speed as well, that is why it is alway important to place the router in between rooms so that everyone can access it.
Electroclinics Network Services
Electroclinic offers a range of network repair services from; loss of wifi or internet connection, slow internet connection, router exchange, router setup, networking cable management. Our network engineers will assist you over the phone, visitation at home or your business .If you have a question in regards to an issue that you have with your internet connection or need to book a engineer visit, please call us on 02077515954 or visit the IT Support (Home Support or Business Support) section in our website at www.electroclinic.co.uk. You can also email us at [email protected] if you have any other questions.