Cable internet is the next popular type of connection to DSL. This one makes use of coaxial cables instead of telephone lines. Most of the cable TV providers now also offer cable internet since the lines being used are the same anyway.
The Internet speeds for a cable modem can range from 1.5Mbps to 20Mbps. Similar to DSL, these are their advertised speeds. The actual speed that customers will get will usually be less than what is indicated in their subscription because of several factors. One of which is the distance of the customer’s location from the nearest cable facility. Also, the number of people connecting to the internet at the same time affects the speed.
This medium for sending and receiving Internet data is relatively new compared to DSL and Cable. Fiber optic cables use light to transmit data through very thin glass fibers. This Internet connection type is promising as it is capable of providing speeds about 10 times faster than DSL or Cable internet. However, fiber optic installations can be very expensive.
Earth orbiting satellites are also now used to provide internet links. This, though, is not as popular as DSL and Cable since the downstream and upstream speeds can only be at 500kbps and 80kbps, respectively, on the average. This is mostly used in rural areas where DSL and Cable lines are not normally installed.
Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
Among all of the types mentioned here, BPL is a technology yet to be known by many. With BPL, Internet connection is distributed by power corporations. Customers can connect to the Internet using their existing electrical outlet. BPL is promising as it would eliminate the need to install new facilities that would provide the internet connection.
You might find it difficult at first to decide what type of Internet connection to subscribe to as they all seem to be offering the same thing. Make sure to do your homework first before signing any contract. You can get suggestions from your friends or neighbors who already have broadband internet connection at home. Don’t just go with the most popular provider. Reliability is one of the most important factors that you have to consider.