- Information sent from the internet to your computer. Examples being:
Downloading Files and surfing the web (going from site to site/searching sites).Upstream
is information sent from your computer to the internet.An Example being:
Sending an email attachment.
Up to 768 Kbps/Up to 128 Kbps --> would be the cheapest to fit a modest budget. However, it would also be the slowest. Though it will be a lot better than Dial Up. Normally 14.99 to 24.99 a Month + tax and any applicable fees or Hardware purchases (The Modem,Router,etc.)
On average, Dial up was allowing me to download a 10 Megabyte (MBs) file in 2 Hours >_< , DSL 768/128 is more like 10 Megabytes in roughly 2-3 Minutes. though it varies based on your area and the companies Network.
Up to 1.5 Mbps/Up to 384 Kbps - It's mid range, but it's going to cost fairly more. Probably 24.99 to 39.99 a month + and any applicable fees or Hardware purchases (The Modem,Router,etc.)
Up to 3.0 Mbps/Up to 512 Kbps - It's higher end, might cost you a lot per month.
Every company is different, But i haven't ever been charged long distance DSL fee. It's using your local phone line.
THe Difference between DSL Modem and a Wireless Gateway is:
1) A Wireless Gateway "allows you to set up a wireless connection within in your home" , it's a Router for Home Networking for more than 1 Desktop computer/Laptop.
It would most likely be about a $30-50 1-time fee for the Wireless Gateway, many companies give the Modem free with 1 years commitment to DSL on 768/128 or higher, but they don't tend to give the Router free unless you get a higher speed DSL.
If you only plan on using 1 computer (and no additional computers, like laptops) , i suggest the Modem.
However if you have kids/friends who want to bring over their laptops/PDAs,etc... you may want to consider the Wireless Gateway.
By the way, where is the Phone Jack ? Most companies give a 2-headed Jack to plug into the Phone Jack (or you can buy them from places like Radioshack)... so you'll need atleast 1 Phone Jack for the DSL line and atleast 1 more for the Phone line (if you have a Phone).
Edited by dcj2000, 09 August 2007 - 05:25 PM.