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Broadband vs. Dial-up

The fundamental difference between Dial-up and Broadband Internet connections is the manner in which the connection is made from your PC to the Internet. A dialup service connects to the Internet through your phone line. The modem in your PC "calls" an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and connects with a maximum speed of 56K speed connection. Dial-up is the least expensive way to connect to the Internet.

Broadband, or high-speed Internet, is always on and doesnít stop you from using your telephone line to make calls or send faxes and allows you to share a single connection with more than one computer. Unlike dial-up connections, broadband services transfer data at speeds usually more than 768kbps and up to 15Mbps in some areas.

These days you can find broadband plans at affordable prices, so cost isnít as much of a consideration as it used to be. If you use the web for file sharing, online games or even your own website, the faster speeds of broadband might suit you more than a slower dial-up connection.

Last update: 04:22 PM Friday, October 1, 2010Print

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