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Why you should try broadband

 

Today's internet is a great place to find useful information but most people are on dial up. If you are in an area that offers broadband, you should make the switch soon. One of the first differences you will notice is that you no longer need to dial in to get on the internet. The moment you turn on the computer, you are online. In fact, you are always online and that's a big time saver. The next change you will notice is how fast web pages load, about 1 to 5 seconds. It takes 10 to 20 seconds to load an entire page on dial up.

Now, this may encourage you get broadband sooner. When it comes to downloading something on dial up, you have to wait a short while for small files and longer for larger files like software. With broadband, it takes 5 to 10 minutes for a music file, which takes about 30 minutes on dial up.

Another good reason to switch to broadband, is the missed phone calls you get on dial up. An extra phone is the only way to get calls that can't be received due to the dial up connection. Broadband helps in more ways than you think. If you have two computers or more, why not share the internet with a home network. Now you can surf the web and let someone else surf too. You have the option of wired or wireless. Wireless is the way to go if you have another computer in another room far away in your home.

Having broadband can also help you download the Windows updates you must download to keep your computer safe. Downloading these files on dial up can take one full day. Broadband will download these file in half the time. But with broadband you are going to want to have a great firewall and virus protection since you are always online. You can get a virus at anytime, so get the most up to date software.

If you are an online gamer, then broadband is great for that. You can play people in a lag free game. When you change to broadband, you will wonder why you have not tried it sooner. Your options for broadband are cable and DSL. Cable is supplied by your cable company. DSL is supplied by your phone company. If you have the option to get either, you should get DSL. It is faster than cable.

If you can't get broadband in your area, there is another option. It is called satellite internet. It is basically the same as cable or DSL. The speed may not be as fast, but you will notice the difference when you get it. Another difference is the price, which includes equipment, installation fee, and service. It is worth it to be able to save time loading pages and downloading files. Now you know the benefits of having broadband, decide if you should try it.

 

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Michael Russell
Your Independent guide to Broadband
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