How efficient is DSL vs. dialup?
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In practice the above figures translate to around 5 Kb/sec for dialup and for DSL it varies depending on your connection speed. We have a 386 Kbps here in the office and I average around 25-30 Kb/sec sustained downloads with peaks up to 45 Kb/sec.
Apart from the faster speeds DSL provides, it is also a permanent connection. This means no
waiting for your modem to pick up the line and dial to your Internet provider. The connection is
permanently online and ready to use.
This was first published in September 2003