The Basics of Broadband Internet
The Basics of Broadband Internet
If you are frustrated with slow loading Web pages and
consistently getting disconnected from the Internet at a
moments notice, you may want to consider dumping your
dial-up access and getting a broadband Internet connection.
Broadband Internet connects your computer to the Internet
via cable or DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) as opposed to a
telephone line which is used for dial-up access. A
broadband Internet connection does not interfere with your
telephone line because it utilizes unused wires in the line
which transmit data rapidly and reliably, making your
Internet surfing experience a lot more user friendly.
A broadband Internet connection makes the Internet
consistently available to you and is only disconnected if
the cable box or DSL line is intentionally unplugged. This
means that you do not have to worry about getting
disconnected from the Internet unexpectedly.
With a broadband Internet connection you are generally
charged for the service on your cable bill and the cable
provider is responsible for installation and maintaining
the services. Through your cable line, you are connected
to the provider's main network which is in turn, connected
to an Internet service provided by an ISP (Internet Service
Provider). The cable company provides the technical
support for the connections they installed for you and the
Internet Service Provider is responsible for the actual
connection to the Internet.
Broadband Internet service is billed to you on a monthly
basis and generally includes unlimited Internet surfing,
cable rental, installation fees, browser and email
applications, Ethernet and software configuration. You do
not have to have a cable television connection already in
place; however, most cable providers will offer you a
discount on Internet connection service if you do.
From a price standpoint, a broadband connection will
typically cost you anywhere from $25 to $35 more per month
than a dial-up connection but you can consider it as
upgrading your service from dial-up access.
From a security standpoint, when you obtain Internet
service the company will assign you an IP (Internet
Protocol) address which is used to deliver data that you
request over the Internet. This address will not change
unless you request to have it changed. With dial-up access,
the IP address changes every time you log on. Since your
address remains the same on a broadband connection, you may
want to install a firewall and an anti-virus software
program with the connection to protect your PC against
potential hackers. Additionally, you may want to disable
any file sharing programs.
Like everything else there are always pros and cons and
with broadband you will enjoy the higher speed connection
but you will have to take measures to protect your PC as a
tradeoff. Overall, broadband Internet creates a more
enjoyable computing experience and expands your
capabilities for surfing the Internet, conducting business,
or social networking. While dial-up access is somewhat
more secure, you must be able to tolerate the hassles that
come with a slower connection as well as the limitations as
to what you can accomplish with your PC.
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