With internet speeds increasing at an exponential rate, we may start to see the benefit of doing more with less. A great example is the ability for the average user to send and receive e-mail using a smartphone, tablet, or computer as opposed to using a mobile hotspot. This is one of the first things that most users are going to notice. This allows us to be more productive and even more efficient with our time.
The problem with this is that it also provides equal bandwidth in both directions, which is another way of saying that the connection speed is the same in both directions.
It isn’t, but some people are getting a leg up in this space by switching to DSL. As a result, DSL connections are getting faster by the day. In fact, there are now quite a few DSL providers that offer broadband plans that are essentially DSL bundles. At $13.25 per month, a DSL modem is a bit more than the equivalent cellular phone plan, but a DSL modem costs half as much as a basic plan.
So DSL broadband is a pretty good deal in terms of speed, but it isn’t great for video. The reason is because the video is buffering and then re-buffering before being sent to the receiver, so the line is slow to go from line to line. This makes it hard to watch video because you have to stop and watch the video at the same time that the line is moving. The solution is to use a wireless video solution.
This is where things get trickier. If you want to watch video that is buffered, you need to use a wireless connection. But if you have a DSL modem, you get only the video from the line and not the video from the wireless connection. So if your internet connection is slower than your wireless connection, you’ll see buffering.
So what are the benefits to a wireless connection? The advantages are obvious. You get more bandwidth because the wireless connection is buffering more data. You can also stream video with a wireless connection if your internet connection is fast enough. You can also save a ton of money on a DSL modem because your internet connection is free.
Well, the first advantage is obvious. You save money on your line by not having to think about the bandwidth. It’s easy to add a modem to your local area network and just plug it in.
That’s true, and you get the same bandwidth in both directions. However, a DSL modem is generally more powerful, so if you’re using a high-quality connection, you’ll be getting more data. But you’re using it in both directions.
The second advantage is that youre actually getting the same bandwidth in both directions. You have two (or more) lines that are going to be used for different purposes, but theyre all going to connect to a single, central location.
The problem with using a high-quality connection, is that it tends to be more expensive and has slower speeds. When youre using a DSL connection in both directions, youre actually getting the same bandwidth in both directions, but youre using it in both directions.