Types of Broadband ISPs

Description: If you were thinking that broadband is simply broadband, think again. There are many different types of broadband ISPs available, and understanding the differences will enable you to make the best choice for you.

It seems that nothing to do with computers is ever simple, and that's certainly the case when it comes to deciding which type of broadband access to get.

Put simply, there are several basic choices to decide from, and within each of those are varying types of services offered by different companies. But your choices come down to cable, DSL (digital subscriber line) and satellite. Wireless broadband is also becoming more prevalent as time goes by, and provides a fourth option.

If you are looking for a good deal on your broadband then satellite won't be your number one choice; however if you live somewhere out in the back of beyond it may turn out to be your only (or at least your best) option, so it's worth bearing in mind in these situations.

DSL provides you with broadband by making use of your current phone line. You will also be the only person making use of that broadband connection, which means you shouldn't have too many problems with connecting. You will also notice a consistency in the speed you get, which is due to the fact you aren't sharing your line with anyone else.

Cable does have the disadvantage that you will have to share a certain amount of bandwidth with other users; this means that when everyone gets home from work and jumps online to check their emails or the latest news headlines, things can slow down a little. However with that said cable is still a good bet if you want a fast broadband connection at a great price.

Finally there is wireless broadband, which works by using radio waves. The price for this is rather more competitive compared to other services than you might think, but it is an attractive proposition since you can have a wireless broadband connection running into your home in a single spot. Once your laptop has recognized that connection you are free to go wherever you wish - you can sit in your lounge and tap away on your laptop while you watch television, or even sit in the garden and surf the net if it's a nice day.

The type of broadband ISP which is right for you will depend on your budget and what kinds of options are available in your area. Once you have made your decision you can enjoy high speed access any time of the day or night.

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