According to Wayne de Nobrega, managing director of Technology Concepts – a company that is delivering one of the most affordable ADSL offerings in the market today – ADSL is simply a far better way to get connected to the Internet. “It’s faster – much faster – than a dial up connection, it is always-on, and although it relies on the same physical cable as your telephone, you can still make and receive calls while online.”
De Nobrega says ADSL works on many of the same principles as a dialup connection. “You will need an ADSL line into your home – which is simply an upgrade to the landline that is probably already installed. Then you will need a special type of modem to connect your computer to the upgraded line; just like the dialup, you will also need an account with an Internet service provider (ISP) – and once you have that in place, you are ready to start surfing the Net at high speed,” he says.
High speed is probably the biggest advantage of ADSL. He compares this connectivity to dialup: “ADSL is always on and doesn’t have any of the annoying modem noises and delays you’ve had to get used to with dialup. With ADSL, you can expect pages to load at least five times faster, even with the entry level ADSL offering,” he says.
The saving in terms of your time is considerable – instead of waiting 15 seconds or longer for each Web page to load, expect it to download in 3 seconds or less. And because you’re always connected, mail trickles down as it arrives, and doesn’t require a big download every time you connect.
Furthermore, with ADSL you don’t pay every time you want to connect to the Internet, as you do with dial up. “So, you can leave your computer connected to the Internet around the clock, with no additional cost. It’s a fixed monthly cost,” de Nobrega adds.