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Unlimited NakedDSL no download allowances & No phone line rental. Total min cost: $1,656.00
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There used to be a time when broadband simply meant fast and quick access to the Internet. Now everything has changed, and with new service providers, and advances in communication technology, it is vital for consumers to know exactly where they stand and what choices they have.
Let's take a look at the different types of broadband comparison plans on the market today.
First we have DSL. This stands for Digital Subscriber Line, which is the most common broadband access method in use in Australia today. Put simply it means you can access the Internet by using existing copper telephone lines connected to your property.
In Australia at the moment the fastest is labelled ADSL2+ (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line).
If you want to access any type of DSL broadband you will need a modem that that which transfers information to your computer and differentiates it from the normal telephone line data.
Each service provider will use their own name for this type of service so you'll need to check with them to find out what is being offered. There are various levels of speed which apply to these services, and they can vary according to where you live. Again you will have to check with your provider to see the speed of connection you can expect. You will find some great broadband plans at very competitive prices and speeds up to 8 mps.
Cable broadband used to be the fastest way to connect to the Internet before ADSL2, and is still the fastest connection, at least technically. There are some very good pricing plans available too. Roughly speaking cable broadband works in much the same way as does pay TV. All access is via a cable connected to your house and subsequently to your computer. From there it can be routed to any computer in your house via a wireless network or can be physically cabled to each computer.
There are many broadband deals that can give you a high-speed cable access at budget rates.
Wireless networking, or Wi-Fi, works in roughly two ways. In the first place, as we mentioned above in cable networks, you can use a wireless router to share Internet access from a cable modem to other computers in your household. This means you don't have to connect each computer individually to a cable as the data is transmitted wirelessly.
Secondly the term Wireless access is used to describe the service that a mobile phone might use to access the Internet. In other words data is transmitted via satellite directly to mobile phones but also to computers that have the most up-to-date modems, called 3G modems.
At this stage wireless broadband is the most expensive option but it does offer extraordinarily high speeds and provides a portable framework through which to access the Internet. Although download speeds are extremely high most networks are still plagued by slow upload times. This means that if you want to send data like attachments to e-mails, it will be slow; but if you want to watch a movie it will be quite quick.
Again, most providers have many broadband plans available, and it is a good idea to look for a data package that at least gives you some access to Wireless downloads.
So there it is in a nutshell, an introduction to the various broadband plans and broadband deals you can expect to find from the various service providers. The first step is to look at the broadband comparison categories outlined above and choose one which suits your needs.