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Broadband : Why and how to switch?

Introduction

More and more individuals and companies have switched from the traditional approach of surfing from dial up to broadband. Broadband in common terms refers to transfer of data through a fiber optic cable at high speeds. As a result people can surf the internet faster and also perform their downloads quickly. Broadband today uses technology where multiple pieces of data are sent simultaneously through the medium at the same time to increase the speed. Broadband can either be through a cable line or through an ADSL router.



Why to switch to broadband?

In the UK, gone are the days when people used to access the internet through the slow dial up connection. The British people had to wait for a considerable amount of time for pages to download. Then entered broadband where you can surf the internet faster and the costs are also very reasonable. Also the reason why people switch to broadband is that they can access the internet through it 24 hours day. As a result broadband is also known as the 24 hour internet service as you are always connected to the internet. Moreover the broadband companies in a bid to compete against each other are offering better and better services to their customers at lesser prices than ever before. Also the installation costs for a broadband connection will cost less than a hundred pounds. There are newer and better broadband plans coming every single day.



How to switch?

Broadband services in the UK are generally of two types. The first type of broadband service is cable net. In this case there is a router to which Cat5 wires are connected. The other end of the Cat5 wires is attached to the computers. The router has the ability to supply internet services to many computers at the same time. However as the number of computers increases the bandwidth to each computer decreases. Hence cable net can be compared to a water pipe where if more pipes are attached to the main water pipe, the flow in each pipe will decrease. The other type of broadband service in the UK is ADSL. ADSL uses your existing phone connection line to access the internet. The ADSL router is attached to your computer and the router wire is connected to your existing phone line. ADSL technology uses the unused bandwidth of your existing telephone line. However you can make and receive outgoing and incoming calls respectively even if the internet is on.
In case you want to take up a broadband connection you will have to either opt for a cable net connection or an ADSL connection. The internet service provider will not take more than one day to install the modem and connect your pc to the internet. Once you are connected through broadband you have 24 hour internet access at your finger tips. You can either pay the fees on a monthly basis or a quarterly basis or on an annual basis. Before going for any broadband service you should find out the review of the service from your friends or relatives who are using it.




 

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