Business Broadband – Should You Consider ADSL?


ADSL, Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, is a high-speed internet service that works through copper telephone lines. It is a form of DSL where the download and upload rates differ hence the asymmetric. It uploads data at a slower rate than it downloads because most web pages do not require much data and very little bandwidth to handle. In order to get ADSL, you need a modem, which is often provided free from your internet provider. There are even newer versions of ADSL, known as ADSL2 and ADSL2+, with higher download and upload rates. Unfortunately, these versions are only available in certain areas, usually close to network hubs. Most residential customers of DSL use ADSL, but it also has its use for businesses.Why Do Businesses Use SDSL?
Some businesses use SDSL, Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line, because they need to upload large files. If you do need to upload many files or host a website than it may be worth paying the extra to get SDSL because you would have to have an upgraded and more expensive ADSL plan in order to get a reasonable upload rate. If that is the case, then it might actually be cheaper to get a lower grade SDSL plan.Why Consider ADSL:
ADSL is also a viable option for businesses for several reasons. Unlike SDSL, ADSL does not tie up a phone line; SDSL cannot share a phone line with a telephone and fax machine. Like SDSL, ADSL has other features that can help your business. With any ADSL service, you can setup a VPN, a Virtual Personal Network, which allows you to enter your business’ secure network and access business files from home. You can even use a version of a VPN for a larger company. You can also use ADSL for services such as video conferencing, which can be free of charge depending on your provider’s policy.Researching The Various Providers of ADSL
Before choosing ADSL for your business, you have to examine different providers carefully because the prices can vary widely between providers. Providers also have different prices depending on location, so you could end up spending much more for internet simply because you live in a certain region. Since ADSL gets weaker the further it gets from its network hub, it often does not work in remote or rural areas. Since most businesses are closer to cities, this is not a problem. If your business is in a remote location though, you might have to choose another type of high-speed internet. ADSL is a popular choice for internet that can also serve your business needs, and one you should consider if it available in your area.

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