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How does DSL internet work?

Many consider DSL internet to be the “big brother” to dial-up. Local phone companies often offer DSL to their customers, which can be delivered through their existing telephone networks. Due to the fact that telephone wires carry hundreds of thousands of frequencies, only a few of those are used for telephone communications. Leaving plenty of frequencies for a DSL modem to produce internet connections to users.

Digital Subscriber Line, more commonly known as DSL, is a type of internet individuals can use via a phone wall jack, or an existing telephone network. That said, DSL works within different frequencies than that of the telephone, so you can use both the phone and internet at the same time.

There are two main types of DSL technology available:

Asymmetrical DSL – The more popular of the two main types, asymmetrical DSL provides users with more downstream bandwidth, and less upstream bandwidth. It is the more commonly used type – due to the fact that most people download more information than they are uploading.

Symmetrical DSL – With symmetrical DSL connections, individuals are offered equal bandwidth for download and upload speeds. This type of DSL connection is obviously better for people who are uploading more than the average user would – say a video editor.