Different types of internet connections

Updated July 20, 2017

There are a few different types of internet connections that are used by people around the world. A person may choose to use the type of internet connection that best fits his needs. In order to determine which internet connection is the best for a person, one must understand the different types of connections.


Wireless internet is very common now that technology has advanced. This type of internet connection is provided through a company of ones choice and creates a wireless hot-spot throughout a person's home. The company will send the customer a modem, which picks up the internet signal and sends it to a person's computer. If there are other computers in the home, a router will be provided by the company. The router is connected to the modem and sends the internet connection to other devices in the home.


Dial-up internet a becoming less common, however, there are still many people who use this type of connection and it suits their needs. A dial-up connection is provided by a dial-up internet company. A person must connect the phone line to the computer and the computer will then use the phone line to call an internet connection that will then put one's computer on-line. A dial-up internet connection does take up the phone line that a person has connected to the computer and makes one unable to make or receive calls while using the internet.

Broadband internet Connection

Broadband is a high-speed internet connection that is provided through one's cable or telephone company. This type of internet is the fastest for sending and receiving data and provides the customer with a constant, fast internet connection. In areas where broadband is not yet offered, there is satellite internet service, which is very similar to broadband access. This type of connection uses a modem that is similar to that used for wireless access.

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