Broadband is a catch-all term for Internet signals with a high bandwidth, and DSL is a certain type of Internet connection that falls under the broadband umbrella. DSL stands for digital subscriber line and transmits through the wires of the telephone network.Continue Reading
Because broadband is a catch-all term, no specific type of Internet connection is broadband. Rather, many different connections that meet the bandwidth criteria for broadband are considered as such. Cable, satellite, DSL, fiber-optic and wireless Internet can all be broadband connections. By contrast, dial-up Internet of the 1990s would not be considered a broadband connection.
DSL, being a specific type of broadband connection, has the potential to delivery a variety of speeds. Typically, DSL speeds range from 256 kilobits per second to 24 megabits per second. DSL speeds are contingent on distance from the Internet service provider.
Other forms of broadband Internet provide varying advantages and disadvantages. Cable, another common form of broadband Internet, typically offers faster speeds than DSL. Cable's Internet speeds are also not contingent on the distance from the Internet service provide. However, cable Internet speeds can be adversely impacted by the usage habits of people near the subscriber. If many people use cable Internet at the same time near each other, then everyone's connection suffers.Learn more about Internet & Networking
The primary differences between cable and DSL include price, speed and connection. DSL connections transmit digital data through a traditional telephone line, whereas cable connections transmit data through cable lines. DSL uses a modem and dials through the telephone line, whereas cable uses existing internal or external coaxial cables as well as fiber-optic cable. As of 2014, cable is also faster than DSL and more widely available.Full Answer >
Side-by-side comparisons of DSL modems are available on some manufacturers’ websites and on Internet electronics comparison sites. Manufacturers such as Netgear allow users to select several DSL modems to view in side-by-side comparisons. The site also allows users to view a side-by-side comparison of all of the company’s DSL modems.Full Answer >
The difference between a DSL and a cable modem is that a DSL modem connects a computer to a phone line to transmit data, while a cable modem transmits data over existing TV lines. The further the DSL modem is from the ISP, the slower the connection; for cable modems, however, distance doesn't affect speed.Full Answer >
A DSL filter is used to keep home telephone and DSL Internet signals from interfering with each other, allowing the phone to work correctly. This is necessary in a building where both services are supplied by the telephone company and use the same wires.Full Answer >