When it comes to picking an internet provider or a plan many of us out there are at a loss. This is a quick guide to help you under stand the difference between different speeds. We will not recommend any internet provider over another. This is just the hard facts.
Dial has a max speed of 56 Kbps (Kilobytes per second) In reality you are never going to reach those speeds and should only count on getting around 14 Kpbs. Yes dial-up is very slow and nothing will every change that. There are programs out there that claim to boost speed but in reality they do not increase your actual download speeds. They are simply caching programs that store all the previous images and the like on your computer so the next time you go to that website it will load faster.
DSL varies in speed from 768 Kbps all the way up to around 6.0 Mbps ( Megabytes per second). Any time you see a max speed of 1.5 or 3.0 you should take that number and make it about half. That is going to be the real speed you are most likely going to be getting.
These kinds of speeds are still fast and suit many computer users. If you only plan to surf the web and download a few files every once in a while then this will more then suffice. If you plan on doing online gaming or streaming movies and audio online then you should think about getting the 6.0 Mbps. This will make your life far easier. If you are running a business and have multiple computer users who are accessing the web then you will want to be on the higher end of this scale.
This is the stuff dreams are made of! You can get speeds normally around 25 – 50 Mbps. If you have a newer computer with a fast processor and memory then you really can get speeds that are 2/3’s what they say the max is. The only people who need these kinds of speeds are those who move around a ton of files online, want that webpage to load in under a second and gamers. If you plan on renting movies online and streaming them then this is a great way to go.
Cable internet tends to have speeds around 3.0 to 20 Mbps. This is more then suffice to stream live video and handle most gamers. The main bottle neck people run into here is they have an outdated computer that does not handle the higher speeds because of lack of memory or processing power. You can plan on cable generally being around 3 times faster then DSL when it comes to downloading.