access puts you in touch with all of the great resources that
are available on the Internet.
is the method your computer uses to connect to the rest of the
either a dial-up connection using a modem or a direct connection
such as DSL, ISDN, cable modem, T1, etc.
type of access is right for you?
- Access over television cable lines. Faster than dialup access
and does not tie up your phone line.
- Essentially the same as dial-up access from a regular phone
but using a cell phone instead. The cell phone must be modem compatible
and the modem used must be cell phone compatible. Cell phone connections
are usually much slower and more expensive than regular telephone
line modem connections, but speeds are improving. Some cell phone
companies now offer special access accounts.
- Access by modem over a phone line. Usually slower than most
other forms of access, but the only access not restricted by location.
Top speed of 56 Kbps.
- Piggybacks access onto an existing phone line. Limited by distance
from the phone company's equipment source, but speeds can be as
high as that of a T1 or 1.5 Mbps. Usually more expensive than
dial up access but less expensive than ISDN.
- Requires a special phone line and modem. Speed is limited to
- Access by special radio modem. Usually as slow as or slower
than dialup access and only available in larger population centers.
Radio access will provide access mobility within a limited area.
- Access via television satellite dish provides higher speed downloads
from the Internet, but still requires a slower phone modem connection
for the transmission of data to the Internet.
- Special, high-speed telephone line data connections to the Internet.
Usually more expensive and only necessary for the high traffic
needs of a large company or an Internet Service Provider.
- Access available from only one location or a limited area.
All forms of access can provide local access.
- Access available from multiple locations across the country.
Only dialup access provides
access from more than one city.
- Access available from multiple locations around the world.
Only dial-up access provides
access from more than one city and country.
type of access you need depends on the following:
you need to access the Internet while traveling?
– For traveling only within the local metropolitan area a radio
modem connection may work. For anything else a dialup account
is pretty much your only option while traveling. You may also
want another, faster form of access for your home base.
No – all types of access will provide local access.
often do you need to access the Internet?
to three times per day – any access type will work.
Many times per day – direct connection type will be faster and
probably more satisfactory.
do you need to do once you are connected?
limited e-mail – any access type will work.
Research the Web – higher speeds will save time.
Transfer data – faster access may be important.
many users will share the connection?
to 3 users – dial up access may be enough.
More than 3 users – some form of direct
connection is recommended.
For cheap access dial-up is the way to go. These Internet service
providers offer dial up access for use at home, in business, and
Use a broadband connection for faster, more convenient access
from a single location such an office or home. Options include
satellite, cable, DSL, T1, OC3, and more.