Many years ago the standard method of accessing the internet was using dial-up connections, which grew slower as the websites and the files accessed by users increased in size. The progression from this form of connection is Broadband and this is a continuous, high-speed form of internet connection that comes in a variety of different types and is available through an increasing number of broadband providers.
The different types of broadband connections
There is an increasingly wide range of broadband internet service types although the most popular of these are DSL broadband, cable broadband, mobile broadband and wireless broadband. The first two broadband service types are fixed line connections and these forms of broadband allow users to access the internet through a modem or router that is connected to a telephone line.
Mobile broadband connections use a USB modem device or PC card to get online and use the mobile phone network of a particular provider to gain broadband access. Finally, the wireless broadband type is normally offered as part of either a DSL or Cable package but allows users more freedom to access the internet with the use of a wireless router or wireless hotspots that are available throughout the country.
Comparing the different type of broadband service
Most users who are looking to access the Internet using broadband have their own individual requirements and this means the each type of broadband service will have its own particular benefits that will suited to the needs of each type of user. With fixed line broadband service users will usually require high-speed broadband access from a set location, and will have no need to be able to access their connection remotely.
When comparing DSL to cable, the location of the user is often the most important factor when picking the best broadband service. DSL does not offer the fastest connection speeds available but it does have the largest network coverage and is therefore available to far more users than cable broadband, which means that the opposite is true of cable broadband with fastest connection speed and a smaller area of coverage.
Mobile broadband differs from fixed line broadband connections in that it offers users more freedom to access the internet but at much lower speeds. Wireless broadband is slightly different because it offers a little of both broadband types with broadband connection speeds available at the speed of the fixed line provider chosen and the ability to access their broadband connection from anywhere that is in range of their wireless router or one of the wireless hotspots available throughout the country.
How to choose the best broadband connection type
Choosing the best broadband is dependant on exactly what each user needs from their service and can vary from person to person. Users who aren’t looking to access the internet from anywhere other than their home or office computer will usually find fixed-line broadband the most suitable and the decision between DSL and cable will either be a geographical one or based on whichever broadband service offers the fastest connection speeds.
Users looking for a little more freedom with their broadband connection will find wireless broadband an ideal option, although they will still need to stay in range of their router or a nearby hotspot. For almost complete freedom mobile broadband is perfect but there is a big difference in the broadband access speeds on this type of service compared to the other forms of broadband connection.