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Dial-Up Internet

Dial-up Internet: Everything You Need to Know

Dial-up is considered a veteran in the world of Internet providers. Those familiar with dial-up will also be familiar with its most famous attribute — a rather boisterous dial-in tone.

Dial-up Internet service might not be the youngest and freshest, but it has what some other providers don?t: an extensive service area.

How to tell when dial-up Internet is the right choice

Making a simple decision sometimes has multiple steps. Even if you simply choose to go the movies you have to pick the movie, then pick your snacks and pick where to sit in the theater.

Even if you decide you need an Internet connection, you need to choose which type of Internet, then the Internet provider and which plan is right for you.

Although it might seem daunting, finding an effective Internet connection starts with learning the basics.

How does Dial-up work?

Dial-up Internet service providers use your existing phone line to provide an Internet connection. With the help of a modem, you are able to send and receive digital information via your phone line.

With dial-up, if you try to visit a Web site, your modem will dial a service number and wait for the server to respond. Once the server responds, your modem can establish the connection while receiving IP, or Internet protocol, address information from the server. Once the information is found, your ISP will send the information from the Web server to your home.

Dial-up Internet pros and cons

A dial-up connection like this has a few advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, a dial-up connection is traditionally the slowest Internet service available. Dial-up connections also make it impossible for you to use the phone and the Internet simultaneously.

However, a dial-up connection has the same advantage as a satellite Internet provider: It's available almost everywhere.

Cable Internet speeds are great, but unfortunately, cable speeds aren't available everywhere. Dial-up is often the only choice for residents who live in areas that are outside the service area of cable or even some DSL providers.

Dial-up can also be a popular choice for those looking to save money. It is typically one of the most inexpensive Internet choices, mostly due to its simple setup.

Dial-up vs. Satellite Internet

Because dial-up and satellite Internet are both widely available, you may find it helpful to understand their similarities and notable differences.

Perhaps the major similarity is that both dial-up Internet providers and satellite Internet providers are often the only choices for residents who live in rural towns or sparsely populated areas.

Equipment and technology are perhaps the biggest difference between dial-up Internet and satellite Internet.

While dial-up Internet uses your existing phone line, satellite Internet uses satellites. Your provider sends an installation technician to install your dish, and it will send and receive signals from the provider's satellite in space. Because satellite uses above-ground technology that is newer than dial-up technology, satellite providers offer faster speeds.

If you think that dial-up might be the appropriate choice for your family, this is the right place to learn more about how dial-up compares to other Internet providers, how dial-up works and whether it is the right choice for your home.

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