How efficient is DSL vs. dialup?
DSL is certainly much faster than a standard dialup connection. While the dialup connection will give you a maximum of 52 Kbps downstream , DSL starts from 128 Kbps and can go up to 2048 Kbps!
Have networking questions? Then visit Firewall.cx, one of the few websites recommended by the Cisco Academy program.
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.
Dig Deeper on LANs (Local Area Networks)
Related Q&A from Chris Partsenidis1
What is the difference between a circuit switching and packet switching? Our networking fundamentals expert gives examples of packet switching and ...continue reading
Understand how TCP/IP and HTTP protocols are related in this networking fundamentals expert response.continue reading
Learn how to build a database server farm using different topologies, from network fundamentals expert Chris Partsenidis.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.