Introduction To ADSL Broadband

by : James Dyson

Does ADSL mean for all of broadband and how does it actually work? If this is the thing you are looking for then you shall need to be more acquainted with ADSL.

ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line), a type of DSL, uses the existing copper-wired telephone networks for high-speed broadband internet. Using ADSL technology it is generally 10 – 140 times faster internet surfing than of standard 56k dial-up internet.

Difference between ADSL and SDSL

SDSL is another kind of DSL, where the uploading speed is much faster than download speed. This technology of internet is widely preferred only by large business houses whereas ADSL is the choice of home users.

ADSL Speed

This technology can run at up to 8Mbps speed and the most popular services in the UK are of 512Kbps speed. People also favor 2Mbps speed ADSL broadband and it mainly depends on their need of higher speed.


A broad number of Internet Service Provides offer ADSL services in UK who actually resell the services obtained from network operators such as British Telecommunications (BT) and Kingston Communications. So if you need ADSL service you need these network operators in your place and around 90% of the UK is covered to have ADSL.

Availability of ADSL broadband

This mostly depends on the telephone exchange near to you and your distance from it. Old exchanges are not suitable for ADSL and exchanges that are upgraded are only capable of transmitting ADSL signals, and so your local exchange should be an upgraded one.

Another important aspect for having an ADSL is the distance between your house and the exchange, which have significant effect on the ADSL speed. The distance away you are from the telephone exchange is the lesser in quality of the ADSL broadband. So, if you are long away from your exchange living in a rural area, it is better to favor 512 kbps broadband that does not have much impact of distance.

Billing in ADSL Broadband

You can pay for your broadband service either monthly or yearly. You can choose the either that depends on your need and further plans. Most providers offer you the modem for free with the package if not you will need to rent it.

ADSL Installation

In general, ADSL installations are so easy that you can install it by yourself and these services are available as self-install or plug and play. You need to connect your modem to your PC and to the sockets on the micro filter.

Installing the drivers and software provided with the modem are next and entering your username / password to login to broadband will be next final. Being a broadband user you will then sure have an extraordinary surfing experience over the internet.