How Do We Connect to The Internet? 

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There are many ways to connect devices to the internet. Home networks, and small offices normally require connection through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to connect to the worldwide web.

Connecting Home Users to The Internet

There are five common way to connect home users and small office to the worldwide web.

  • Cable- Provides high bandwidth and is normally offered by TV providers. The signal is carried through the same cable that is bringing cable to your home.
  • Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL)- This connection runs through phone lines, connects using Asymmetrical DSL, meaning that the download speed is faster than the upload speed.
  • Cellular- This connection gives user access to the internet through cellular signals such as 4G and LTE.
  • Satellite- Is beneficial to people that live in remote areas and don’t have access to cables or cell towers. Satellite connection requires a satellite dish and a clear line of sight to the main satellite.
  • Dial-up Telephone- Not ideal for large data transfer because of its low bandwidth, but it’s an inexpensive option to connect. Typically made up of a phone line and a modem.

Modern day homes and small offices are now converting to fiber optic cables. This type of connection provides faster speed and allows ISP companies to proved more services.

Connecting Businesses to the internet

  • Dedicated Leased Line- Large corporations will sometimes lease lines from an ISP to connect multiple offices and provide voice and data networking. This type of connection can be very expensive.
  • Ethernet WAN- This type of technology extends LAN into WAN.
  • DSL- Businesses will normally use Symmetric Digital Subscriber Lines (SDSL), its the same as the consumers DSL but it offer the same upload and download speeds.
  • Satellite- Businesses will use Satellite internet if a wire connection is not available in their area.

The choice of connections and speed of the internet varies depending on the location and who the service provider is.

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