HighSpeed Internet Alternatives
The Internet world is moving away from the good old analog modems we all have been moving towards newer
higher speed alternatives. This section of ModemHelp.Org is designed to give you a glimpse of those
alternatives and help the user understand their choices.
There are mainly 2 groups here fighting for the high speed territory. The first group is the Cable Modem segment which has a few years head start on the other
group, the DSL Family. Both provide considerable more bandwidth
then even the best 56k V.90 modem but that's where the similarities stop..
DSL stands for Digital Subscriber line, and usually you can order it through your phone company.
Cable Modems as you probably have guessed you can get from your cable company.
A few years ago, it was thought ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) would be the next step in modem technology.
Digital connections promised by ISDN should of made it a hit in the market but unfortunately many telco's were slow in
deploying and selling the service. Today all major ISP's/telco's provide ISDN services. Being digital is great right? Well
if you use 1 channel of ISDN, you get 64kbps, 2 channels 128kbps, 4 channels 256kbps, etc.... The most popular products sold
are 64 and 128k ISDN connctions.
There are also satelite systems just coming onto the market which offer roughly the same bandwidth as
cable or ADSL but these are just being deployed and they aren't commonplace yet in the residential
- Cable Modems
- DSL Family
- Other High Speed Alternatives(including multi analog modem bonding)
Last Updated March 4, 2005.