DSL FAQ

Q:

What is DSL?

A:

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) technology uses 2-wire copper telephone wiring to deliver high-speed data services to homes and businesses. It takes existing voice cables that connect the customers premises to the phone company’s central office and turns them into a high-speed digital link. DSL offers users a choice of speeds ranging from 144 kbps to 100 mbps.

Over any given line, the maximum DSL speed is determined by the distance between the customer site and the central office. Most ISP’s offer Symmetric DSL data with a variety of speeds so customers can choose the rate that meets their specific needs. At the customers premises, a DSL router or HUB connects the DSL line to a local-area network (LAN) or an individual computer. The customer must have an Ethernet card installed in their computer to connect them to the DSL router or HUB. Once installed, the DSL router provides the customer site with continuous connection to the Internet and use of the telephone at the same time.

This digital service can be used to deliver bandwidth-intensive applications like streaming audio/video, online games, application programs, telephone calling, video conferencing, and other high-bandwidth services.

Q:

What is an IP address?

A:

Every machine on the Internet has a unique identifying number, called an IP Address. A typical IP address looks like this: 216.27.61.137. If you want to connect to another computer, transfer files to or from another computer, or send an e-mail message, you first need to know where the other computer is – you need the computer’s “address.”

An IP (Internet Protocol) address is an identifier for a particular machine on a particular network; it is part of a scheme to identify computers on the Internet. (It is different from the address of your Ethernet card.). IP addresses are also referred to as IP numbers and Internet addresses.

Q:

What are the benefits of DSL?

A:

  • Always-On Service
  • Phone/Internet Simultaneoulsy
  • Up to 25x faster than dial-up
  • Cost Effective
  • No More Busy Signals
  • No More Dropped Connections
  • Faster Downloads
  • Faster Games
  • Mutliple Computers on Single DSL line
  • Dedicated Connection & Speed

Q:

Do I need a second phone line for DSL?

A:

No. The main benefit of DSL is that it does not tie up your phone line. No more busy signals, no more dropped connections, no more waiting for someone to get off the phone.

Q:

Do I need a satellite dish for DSL?

A:

No satellite dish is needed as DSL works off existing phone lines.

Q:

Can I network with DSL?

A:

Yes. You can share your DSL among computers within a small home network using any of several DSL router products. The product should be capable of IP masking and NAT (Network Address Translation), and include an Ethernet hub (10base-T or 10/100base-T). Follow the router’s installation instructions to connect your home network to the router and the router to the gateway.

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