Fastest Type of Internet Connection

October 01, 2013 by in Bob Rankin

Fastest Type of Internet Connection

By Bob Rankin

Internet connections defined, explained and evaluated…and don’t forget to test your internet speed for free.–PC Pitstop


The Fastest Internet Connection?

Everyone wants the fastest Internet connection they can get. Today, the giants in high-speed Internet are DSL (digital subscriber line) and cable modem service. But a newer technology called fiber optics blows them both out of the water, if you can get it. Here’s how they stack up, speed-wise…

Which Internet Connection is Fastest?

DSL is the original “broadband” consumer Internet technology. It operates over the same copper wires that bring telephone service into your home. Those wires are connected to a “central office” facility. The maximum speed you can get on a DSL connection is highly dependent on how far your home is from the central office (CO). The theoretical maximum download speed of DSL is about 40 Mbps.

Cable modem technology runs over coaxial cable, the thicker, shielded wire that brings cable TV into your home. Coaxial cable may be connected to cable service provider facilities up to 100 miles from your home. The theoretical maximum speed of a cable Internet connection is 400 Mbps – ten times faster than DSL.

But you won’t see anywhere near the maximums from either cable or DSL. Service providers throttle download speed to each home in order to serve more customers. Additionally, the number of users in your service area will affect how much cable bandwidth is available to each user. You may have noticed that your Internet connection is slowest in the late afternoon and early evening, when all of your neighbors are online.

Article Continued Here

PC Pitstop offers a FREE Internet Speed Test.

speedtest


Excerpt shared with permission from Bob Rankin.

Bob Rankin

About Bob Rankin

Bob Rankin is a translator for the technology impaired -- a writer and computer programmer who enjoys exploring the Internet and explaining technology in plain English. His work has appeared in Computer World, NY Newsday, and other publications. Bob is also publisher of Internet TOURBUS, author of several computer books, and creator of the Lowfat Linux tutorial.

4 Responses to Fastest Type of Internet Connection

  1. grey says:

    While not quite at the world record-breaking data transmission speed of 26 terabits per second achieved last year by a team from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the latest effort is still impressive


  2. Mark Owings says:

    LOL – puny earthlings – don't forget us here in the kansas city GOOGLE FIBERHOOD with speeds up to ONE GIG !!!


  3. Brad VanHorn says:

    Friends in Europe run 100mps and pay less then we do here. Asians speed runs circles around those of us held hostage by cable companys


  4. Sean says:

    That pretty well sums it all up Bob I agree.
    The main trouble with DSL is that the copper wires were designed for voice services only and were never meant to carry high speed data in the form of DSL services.
    I live 3.3km from my local exchange and have an ADSL2+ and best speed I can get is 4 sometimes 5MB p/s.
    They talk about theoretical speeds of 40MB p/s or the obtainable rate of a DSL service but it’s never anywhere near that.
    The best I have seen around here is 18MB p/s and the service was a short distance from the exchange.
    Here in Australia they currently rolling out the NBN (National Broadband Network).
    We also had a change in government and they are looking at pulling the plug or drastically reducing the cost and rollout scope.
    Currently it is fiber to the home which will be fantastic for business and the home user with speeds up to 100MB p/s or better.
    But the new government wants to roll out fiber to the Node and leave that last mile of copper in use and they estimate up to 25MB p/s.
    What a waste of time and money that will be as being an ex telephone technician of 26 years I know all about the copper cable network and it aint pretty.
    It’s just too vulnerable to faults and bottlenecks.
    It just wasn’t designed for high speed data. You can hang all the advanced technology in the world on either end of it but there is nothing you can control or change in the copper phone cables out there.
    They are what they are and until they install optical fiber technology to replace this ageing outdated standard the better.
    I just hope they run the OF past my place before they decide to implement their halfway there low cost low speed version of the NBN.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Scan with PC Matic

Sign up for our FREE Newsletter

Our weekly newsletter is packed with computer tips & tricks.
As a bonus, receive monthly emails with exclusive offers.

Which device is the most important to you?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...


Contributors