There was a time when the internet wasn’t very important. There’s a reason it could exist so easily within one’s phone line. People needed to be online so seldom that interrupting phone conversations to do so never posed much of an issue. However, everything changes over time. These days not having a reliable internet connection is a bit like not having running water. Lack of internet access is arguably even worse than not having running water. The internet is what most people would use in order to find out what’s going on with a water shortage.
The importance of the internet is why people need to carefully research the pros and cons of any service provider. Changing to a new ISP is a big risk. At the same time, most of them hold out the promise of big rewards for anyone willing to make the leap. And DSL providers, in particular, often make the boldest claims. But do the DSL Providers have the technology needed to back up their claims? The answer isn’t always a solid yes or no. However, there are ways in which one can avoid being fooled by DSL internet providers.
One of the best methods to get a look into real world performance is to actually ask one’s neighbors. When one’s mingling it’s worth asking people if they’ve tried a particular DSL provider. If they have, or if they know someone who has, ask about their experiences. People are usually quite eager to share their experiences with a bad internet connection. At the same time, people who’ve had great experiences are often happy to chat about it for a while.
The reason it’s important to talk with locals is due to the nature of DSL connections. The technology is able to match any other high speed option. However, theory and practice are often very different things. This is further complicated by the fact that the term DSL can refer to a large collection of different technologies.
This can be best understood by using airplanes as a metaphor. Top of the line jets are obviously very fast, and they’re planes. World War 1 era crop dusters are also planes, but they’re very slow. Someone would technically be making an honest sales pitch if they were talking about how fast planes are while offering up a crop duster for sale.
DSL is similar in many ways. Sometimes the sales teams are being fully open about the technology. At the same time, they might be referring to the internet version of a crop duster while implying that they have jets. The underlying infrastructure is usually too complex for someone to judge on a technical level. As such, it often comes down to simply asking about people’s personal experiences.