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Broadband Questions and Answers

broadband questions and answers

  • What is broadband?
    Broadband is a high-speed internet or network connection between a computer and an internet service provider or similar carriers.
  • What is narrowband?
    Dial-up internet connections are generally referred to as 'narrowband'.
  • How fast is broadband?
    Depending on what type of broadband is used, speeds can go from 64Kbps up to 11,000Kbps or 11Mbps.
  • Is broadband service available in my area?
    The best way to find out if a certain broadband connection is available in your area is by contacting your nearest internet service provider, or look up availability of services in their website.
  • Is broadband expensive?
    In terms of material acquisition and monthly fees, the answer is yes. However, you do get faster and more reliable service than a typical dial-up connection to the internet.
  • What type of computer do i need to use broadband?
    Any relatively new computer can easily connect to any of the different types of broadband service. Older computers can still connect but you might not be able to fully utilize the speed as the computer becomes the bottleneck. Some older computers also lack the required Ethernet and USB ports that most broadband services require.
  • Do I still need a modem?
    In most broadband services, most notably DSL, modems of a different variety are still used as a junction between the connection medium and the data service provider.
  • Is T1 and E1 connections broadband?
    Yes, however, these types of ultra-high-speed internet connections are targeted primarily for business and corporate applications. Besides, the cost of installing one of these is currently too prohobitive for the average home internet user.
  • My laptop is equipped with a WiFi card, can this allow me to surf the internet?
    There are many public 'hotspots' around the country and even around the world that provide free internet access via WiFi. In most cases, however, you will still need to request access to a wireless network in order to use the internet. A good example would be Starbuck's implementation of WiFi in most of their shops.

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