Internet at home
The very fact that you are visiting our site now is because you have an internet connection at home. We have come a long way in being a connected home. Today, thanks to some internet revolution in India, millions of homes have access to the worldwide web.
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Infact it is so ubiquitous that we have decided to include it as part of our “home”. Hence today’s post.
Just a quick introduction on the types on internet connections available in India today:
- Broadband -> The thing that stirred the scene. Thanks to TRAI and their regulations, we have a minimum 256kbps defines as broadband in India.
- Dial-up – > Most of the users got introduced to internet by the dial-up connections. It is still used in many parts of the country.
- Cable – > Some companies like hathway, iquara distribute internet bandwidth via co-axial cables. These are slower than broadband connections but faster than dial-up.
- Wireless (GSM/CDMA) – > Notebook users are familiar with this type. Usually this is a refined dial-up but without the mess of wires. The device is a small card which is inserted into the notebook or can also be connected to a desktop.
- Mobile phones - > Increasingly people access internet through their mobile phones. Speeds are not great, but the freedom of surfing from any place is the best part.
So, with so many options, and you possibly using one or more at you home, there is always a scope for improving things.
- Make sure that you choose your data-plan accordingly to avoid nasty surprises (read- huge bills).
- Keep your cable lengths in check to avoid tripping over and bad signals.
- Try to have a UPS connection for the broadband modem/router as well. This would come in handy at time of voltage spikes. Many a people have lost their power adapter as a result of this and you would have to wait for a replacement.
- If you have more than one computer at home or a notebook, consider investing in a wireless router. (we will have an exclusive post on wireless internet for home soon)
- Keep your username and password safe and change it periodically.
- Schedule your downloads in “free download time” (if available and applicable)
- Use the designated “splitter” to avoid noise in the telephone line. ADSL lines can have simultaneous talk and surf. (Broadband offered through telephone lines is technically referred to as ADSL or ADSL2+)
Comments and suggestions are most welcome.
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