Comparing Dial-Up to Broadband Internet

One question that is asked is what the difference is between Dial-up and Broadband internet. The answer to this is a lot simpler than you think, the answer is simply speed.

There was a time when the only internet connection available to most homes was Dial-Up. To connect to Dial-Up this involved using a Dial-Up Modem and having the modem call a telephone number at the ISP and have it connect. This was costly as a Local Telephone Call was charged for this, or sometimes a Long Distance call. This was also usually plagued with Busy Signals or disconnections after a session limit was reached. The connection speed at a maximum was 5.6 kilobytes per second. With that speed it could take over 2 hours just to download a 100 Megabyte file. The other downside to Dial-up is that once you’re using the internet, nobody can use the telephone to make or receive calls.

Broadband, which mostly refers to ADSL/ADSL2+ on the other hand is much faster and is a dedicated internet connection. ADSL works by using a separate frequency on the telephone line. By doing this, it means the modem can connect much quicker and it will not interfere with voice calls. The modem is also not required to dial-up to a number, which also means the telephone is free to make and receive calls while on the Internet.

The all-important advantage between the two is speed. While Dial-Up has a theoretical maximum of 5.6 Kilobytes per second, ADSL2+ on the other hand has a theoretical maximum of 24000 Kilobytes per second, which is quite a difference. It is worth noting that ADSL2+ is very dependent on distance from the telephone exchange and the quality of the telephone. With this in mind however, the guaranteed minimum speed is 1500 kilobytes per second which is still much faster than the maximum speed of Dial-up with is 5.6 kilobytes.

With most Broadband ADSL2+ Modems also having WiFi built in, this makes broadband the perfect choice if you have devices that could share the connection via WiFi around your home.