Internet Connections: A Trip to the Past to See the Evolution of the Internet Connection in the Last 20 Years

Internet connections have gone through quite a change and revamp from the days of dial-up connections. The young people of today have no idea what dial-up is or that the sound it made caused a lot of frustration. Today, Wi-Fi connects instantly and you have the world at your fingers. We take a trip back into the past and look at the different types of Internet connections that got us where we are today.

Dial-Up. This type of connection is analog and makes use of a telephone landline. The computer phones a telephone number and then connects to the Internet through a modem. The quality and speed vary depending on the quality of the line as well as the number of devices that shared the line. If you were connected to the Internet, you could not use your telephone. The speed of this connection is anything between 28K and 56K.

DSL. This connection was a step up from dial-up. DSL uses a router to transport data and has a speed of between 128K and 8Mb per second. It does not require dialing a phone number, but it does still use a landline. It uses 2 lines, which means you can use your telephone while someone else is on the Internet.

Cable. This connection makes use of cable TV lines and connects through a modem. This method is faster than dial-up or DSL as it has a greater bandwidth. Speeds vary between 512K and 20Mb per second.

Wireless. Wi-Fi is what most people are using today, apart from mobile. This connection requires no cables or lines and connects through radio frequency. It is always on and available and you can connect to wireless networks pretty much anywhere. The speeds vary between 5Mb per second to 20MB per second.

Mobile. Anyone who has a smartphone has Internet access on their phone. Your provider gives you mobile data to use as you please. Most phones can also connect to any Wi-Fi network. The most common speeds are 3G and 4G and most recently LTE was introduced.

New ways of connecting faster and easier are constantly developed. What we use to connect today, will be the dial-up equivalent tomorrow.