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What is ADSL and ADSL2+

Are you confused by the technical terms and jargon associated with the internet? It can seem like you need a degree in just understanding all the technical lingo that comes with the internet.

Thankfully our team at Cheap Bills are here to simplify and make things easy for you. In this piece we explain in simple terms what the differences are between ADSL and ADSL2+ and why they matter when it comes to choosing your internet plan.

What is ADSL?

ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and is also known by the names ADSL1 and DSL internet. For this piece let’s just stick to ADSL to remove confusion. ADSL is essentially the most basic form of broadband internet that’s brought to your home or business via an active telephone landline through the existing copper wire network.

You can’t use it without a phone line. So this means you need to pay the additional costs that come with a phone line when you use ADSL.

ADSL is still common in regional, rural and outer metro areas but is being replaced by NBN during 2021. Believe it or not the NBN is ten years old and still being rolled out. It was introduced by the Australian labour government back in 2007 but since then it’s faced many delays and setbacks. However it’s expected to be finished in 2021.

Four Different ADSL Speeds

ADSL offers you four different speeds (kbps equals ‘kilobytes’ per second) you can purchase which are:

  • ADSL 256kbps/64kbps speed

    This is the most basic form of broadband and would not even be considered as an option by most people. It’s essentially a very low slow speed. Just a step up from dial-up.You would struggle watching YouTube videos, making Skype calls and doing online gaming.

  • ADSL 512kbps/128kbps speed

    This is still a fairly slow speed for today’s modern telecommunications network. It reduces functionality. But if you’re not in a hurry and only use the internet for email, banking and general browsing, this can be a cheap option.

  • ADSL 1,500 kbps/256kbps speed

    This is a quick speed and fairly cheap and allows you to do just about everything you need to do on the web- watch videos, listen to podcasts, play games etc. You don’t need to wait around either for things to load up.The only times you’ll face delays are when you have a home network with several computers whose users are all trying to watch videos at the same time.

  • ADSL 8,192kbps/384kbps speed

    This is the fastest speed you can get on an ADSL connection. Similar to ADSL 2 speeds, you’ll have to pay a premium price, but if ADSL2+ isn’t available in your area and speed isn’t important to you then this would be your ideal option

What is ADSL2+?

ADSL2+ is currently the fastest speed you can sign up for with the Australian ADSL broadband industry. It’s actually cheaper than ADSL 1 as there is more competition on the market for it. We are talking about speeds of up to 24,000 kbps (24 megabits per second).

This is super fast internet where you can have various computers in the one home or business online at the same time without any download or loading time issues. To be able to use ADSL2+ you must have an ADSL2+ enabled modem. A normal ADSL modem will only run at a maximum of 8,192 kbps.

Speed Delays with ADSL

Please keep in mind that just like with all types of ADSL broadband, you’ll experience speed delays the further you live or work from a telephone exchange. Some internet providers are able to determine what speed to expect by an analysis of the possible cable distance from the exchange to your residence.

Now that you know what ADSL and ADSL2+ is you can make better decisions about choosing an internet plan. Speak to the experts at Cheap Bills. Contact us today for more information.

Related article: What is NBN?

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