When we talk about Internet connections, most of us come directly to two big types: wired and wireless. Under that simplistic and generic division are grouped a large number of variants that today we are going to review the first ones so that you have a more complete notion of the most important types that exist.
Connections wired to Internet, do you know the types that exist
To make it easier for you to identify these types of Internet connections, we will publish a second special dedicated to wireless connections over the next week. Stay tuned to not miss it.
Main types of wired Internet connections
- Conmuted Telephone Network: it is obsolete but it was key in the early phase of the Internet takeoff, so it deserves to be included in this article. It used the telephony network to transmit in an analogical way, it would allow a bandwidth of 56 Kbps and could not work with voice and data simultaneously.
- ISDN digital network: it is also in disuse, although it was very popular and is still present at a professional level. Follow the bases of the previous one but transmit in digital instead of in analog. It did not use a modem like that, but a specific network adapter and required a specific infrastructure.
- ADSL: currently the ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) connection is one of the most popular that exists. It unites the advantages of the two types of previous connections and allows to reach very high speeds, although they can vary depending on the location of the client. The telephone line is still used.
- Fiber optic: there are two major versions, the pure and the mixed. The first uses fiber optics to achieve a high-speed Internet connection of high quality. In these cases what reaches our home or business is a fiber optic connection, while in the second comes a mixture of optical and coaxial fiber. In the second case we will have a connection of worse quality, and also the wiring can deteriorate with the passage of time. This type of connection allows to reach very high speeds that far exceed the ADSL.
For those users who consume a lot of streaming content and want to enjoy the highest possible performance, fiber optics is the best option today, although ADSL is still sufficient to cover the needs of most users.