• DSL - Digital Subscriber Line - uses phone line copper with a high speed signal - as opposed to satellite - which is a wireless connection to a satellite in space 22550 mile away.

    September 2, 2008 at 8:24 a.m.

  • I use wirless internet out here. I can use either it, dial up or satellite. If you have a wireless company to use it is much faster than dialup MOST OF THE TIME. There are times it gets loaded up like at night during the week at night you just have to give up things with a large size webpage and such.

    But with wireless you have to be able to see the tower they are using, line of sight.

    August 19, 2008 at 2:51 p.m.

  • Thank you so much, cj! Just one more question - what exactly is/does DSL stand for? Is that the same as satellite?

    August 19, 2008 at 4:52 a.m.

  • I wish rural users had more options when it comes to Internet service, instead of dial-up. Forget even trying to view anything on YouTube.

     In response to your question about broadband, yes, broadband can be considered high-speed, but it all depends on the quality of service you receive and a few other factors, such as how many other users are connected. Broadband can come in as cable access (Suddenlink, etc.), DSL, or wireless. Wireless broadband users usually have to install a small dish to the outside of their house to receive a signal from the wireless provider, with the signal being sent out from a high elevation, like a cellphone tower or water tower. Fiber optics is also considered broadband, and I had heard mention of it being introduced in rural areas, but have not heard of when that will happen. Can't wait for it to happen though.

    Feel free to ask me questions any time, always glad to help!

    August 19, 2008 at 4:35 a.m.

  • cj - forgive my ignorance, I'm not a computer person by any stretch of the imagination. In my rural area, all we have are dial-up (which I am on now----HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT), or satellite, at too great a cost. I was talking with a computer person in the area, and he said that we will eventually get high-speed in the area, but it will be quite a while before that happens. My question is, is broadband the same thing as high-speed? Are they different? Is broadband only like cable or satellite (there is and will be no cable out in the country where I live) - or are those two different things? Is fiber-optics (of which I have read some about as pertains to internet service) a likely scenario in the near future for rural areas, and is fiber optics also considered broadband? Like I said, I know my ignorance is showing. Give this dinosaur a break......I just went from Windows 95 to Windows XP with a brand-spanking new Dell.....way behind the learning curve, am I. Still not brave enough to switch to Sanka (a little "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" humor there....) Any help understanding all this would be greatly appreciated!
    An interesting aside - when I got my new computer in (ordered off the internet-see, I'm not a complete dunce!), it had only one telephone port on the back, and that would not recognize my dial-up service. Turns out the port was for high-speed only, so I had to order a new modem (learned the meaning of that word the hard way) for my dial-up. It was cheap, only about $17 dollars, but couldn't believe it wasn't standard with the purchase. The computer guy I was talking to in town said that most new computers come with high-speed modems only, because that is what about 80% of people use nowadays. my dial-up modem installed and still on old, SLOW dial up.....ah, well. The port is there for high-speed if I ever need it (hopefully!).

    August 18, 2008 at 10:10 p.m.