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The Importance of Wireless Internet Providers and High Speed Internet Providers

Computer modems and their relationship to wireless internet providers and high speed internet providers. And what are the differences (including benefits and costs) between fibre optic, cable and DSL? Does the choice of a broadband wireless router impact on your choice of modem?

Looking for a better connection to the Internet? And for improved service from your wireless internet providers (and/or high speed internet providers)? You need the right modem, matched with the best high speed internet providers.

Note: If you have some experiences (good and/or bad) with modems, how about sharing them with the rest of us? Click here to share your thoughts on what's the best modem available (and the best type - fibre optic, cable or DSL).

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Looking at choosing between available high speed internet services?

Not to sound like a commercial, but if you are getting tired of the slower speeds of dial-up, or tired of waiting for a download that takes forever, then you are in the right place.

If you are looking to upgrade your Internet connection, and your wireless internet provider, there are also different options available to you.

Broadband Choices: Fiber Optic, Cable, and DSL

The main choices out there for broadband are cable, DSL, and fiber optic (the most common comparison is cable vs dsl because fiber optics are harder to access - although technology is changing rapidly).

modems, dsl modemThere are similarities between all of them, as well as some differences, that you should know about in order to make an informed decision.

Before we look at the choices available, it's important to understand how this electronic device operates: in the simplest of definitions it is used to send and receive digital data over a phone line.

Cable: connects via radio frequency channel on cable television lines.

DSL: is used to send and receive data over a DSL phone line (in order to use high speed ADSL service).

Fiber optic: sends and receives data through fiber optic lines typically laid underground in new construction.

When you are ready to buy, you need to compare amongst the many types available: there are fiber optic, cable, and DSL modems..

The next few pages will look at the different types of service and discuss the similarities and differences between the three. The main properties I will cover are:

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  1. Speed - Cable used to be the king of speed for home users, but now the fiber optic device is starting to become more widely used. We'll compare the average speeds of all three to see which provides the best bandwidth.
    DSL, Fiber Optic and Cable Speeds

  2. Availability - Not all services may be available in your area. You may have multiple choices, or you may have no choice. We'll look at nationwide availability.
    Cable, Fiber Optic, and DSL Service Availability and Cost

  3. Cost - Costs will vary depending on the level of service you subscribe to, as well as your provider. Most providers will even offer different tiers of services that can provide higher bandwidths.
    Cable, Fiber Optic, and DSL Service Availability and Cost

  4. Conclusion - So which one of these electronic devices is the best? Which should you choose? It is dependent on several factors that we'll cover here.

Aside from speed, availability and cost, some of the other differences lie not only with the technology but also with the high speed service providers themselves.

The quality of customer service for installation, troubleshooting, and setup will vary from provider to provider. These are services that you will want to take into consideration when making a decision on an ISP (Internet Service Provider) or on wireless internet providers.

P.S. Don't forget that you'll want to review a broadband wireless router also.

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Fiber Optic, DSL, or Cable Modems: Which Do You Find Best to Use?

To access the Internet, you need a modem. Name names - share with us the brands you've found to be the best (or worst). And tell us why? (Speed, availability, cost, reliability and/or performance?) And tell us whether you use Cable, Fiber Optic or DSL Modems.

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