Terms to Know to Get Faster Internet
When trying to get faster internet without overpaying, speaking to the representative on the phone can seem like listening to someone speaking a foreign language. The terms used are often confusing and so technically oriented that you aren’t sure if you are or aren’t able to receive faster internet or why you are having to pay so much for a service you think you should already be getting.
However, knowing the terms that are being thrown out at you will help you better control the conversation, and may allow you to get better internet without having to break the bank. Terms you should be familiar with before contacting your internet service provider (ISP) include:
ADSL: If you download much more than you upload and your internet connection is slow, you may want to inquire about ADSL. ADSL is a type of DSL line that has different upload and download speeds, generally where the download speed is faster.
Bandwidth: Bandwidth determines how much things you can send through a specific connection. The more bandwidth you have, which will be given in bits, the faster your internet connection will be, and the more you will able to do at once online – such as livestream videos and movies.
Broadband: Any internet connection that has bandwidth greater than what you get with a modem is usually considered a broadband connection. They are typical faster, and connect with DSL or cable.
DSL: An internet connection that moves data through regular phone lines, but is much faster than the usual phone internet connection. You must have at least a phone line, even if it isn’t in service, to obtain a DSL service.
Modem: If your internet is slow, it may be time to get an updated modem. Most people believe that router and modem are synonymous terms, but they aren’t and you need to know the difference when calling your internet provider. Modems connect computers to phone lines and allow computers to transfer information to each other through the phones. Generally, you need to get a new one every one and a half to two years.
Router: Some modems already have a router in them, but others require you to have a separate modem. A router allows two or more networks to connect, and is essentially chooses which route data will take to reach your device. It is also where all firewalls are implemented.
SDSL: Is a type of DSL that has equal upload and download speeds.
T1, 2, & 3: T lines are connections that are on a leased-line. While T-1 connections are generally only able to carry data at 1,544,000 bits per second, T-3 lines, like a MegaPath T3 line, are able to do so at 44,736,000 which is plenty to fully stream live videos and movies.
Trying to get the best internet for the best price is no easy task. Very few people are actually well versed in internet lingo, and can easily get taken advantage of when trying to obtain good but affordable internet. So the next time you notice your internet going slow and are looking for a better connection, be sure to learn the lingo so you have the best chance at getting a better product for a reasonable price.