What is DSL?

DSL Internet was one of the first high-speed Internet services available in the United States. DSL (digital subscriber line) service uses the copper telephone line infrastructure to connect homes and businesses to the Internet.

In this way, DSL service functions much like dial-up Internet service. Dial-up also utilizes a user’s home phone line to connect to the Internet. Unlike dial-up service, DSL Internet service doesn’t occupy a user’s phone line while he/she is online.

DSL Internet service is “always on”

That means a user can use DSL Internet and make/receive phone calls at the same time. The digital subscriber line technology makes this possible. While dial-up uses the same analog stream as a phone call, DSL service sends and receives signals in digital format. So calls can travel along the same line uninhibited.

Benefits of DSL Internet

DSL Internet service is a widely available high-speed Internet service. Since it utilizes the phone line that already exists in many homes and businesses, it requires little to no setup to get DSL service. It is significantly faster than dial-up – offering users the opportunity to download large files, view online video content, listen to music and play online games.

Digital subscriber line Internet is often available in more locations than other forms of high-speed Internet, such as cable Internet or fiber-optic Internet. DSL is often more affordable than other high-speed Internet options, as well.

How to get DSL Internet in your home or office

Since DSL is most often provided by the local phone company, you can easily get DSL service set up in your home or office.

Just make sure that you have a home telephone line set up. Depending on the provider, you’ll need to purchase a modem for your DSL Internet service. And if you would like your Internet to be wireless, so you can connect anywhere in your home or office, you’ll need to purchase a wireless router.