The Internet is one of the most important inventions of the century. It has allowed businesses to go global and connect to customers and other businesses in a way like never before. As a business owner, you likely have an Internet connection in your business. As your business and technology develops there will undoubtedly come a day when you need to upgrade or change your connection. But do you know the different types of connections available?
Below is a brief overview of the three major types of Internet connection available to many businesses.
Dial-up uses a modem that is usually in your computer and connected to a phone line which in turn is connected to other modems. When you connect, your modem dials the other modems, which are usually owned by the phone provider, and establishes a connection, allowing you to access the Internet.
Dial-up is by far the slowest Internet connection, and is pretty rare in most population centers. It can still be found in some rural or remote areas, as it only requires existing telephone lines, but many Internet Service Providers (ISP) and telephone companies have stopped offering this service as technology has simply moved on.
Broadband refers to any high-speed Internet connection. There are a number of different types of broadband connections, the most popular being:
Wireless connections are broadband, high speed Internet connections that are delivered to the customer largely without wires. The best example of this are the mobile broadband or data connections like 3G that are offered by mobile phone companies.
Other examples of wireless broadband include satellite broadband which is delivered to users by bouncing the connection off of geostationary satellites in orbit above Earth. Connection speeds can be as high as 1Gbit, but because of the distance the transmission has to travel, there is usually a delay of at least .5 seconds, or longer. If you are in a remote location, this is likely the best Internet connection available.
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