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Difference between Broadband and DSL

  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 22 Oct, 2020

1. Broadband :
Broadband connection is simply a technology which refers to transmission of wide bandwidth data over a high speed internet connection. The connection medium can be coaxial cable, optical fiber, radio or twisted pair. It is just like a superset which refers to any high speed internet technology. In broadband internet signal to and from a device happens through a traditional telephone line or a dedicated broadband cable meant for internet connection.

2. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) :
Digital Subscriber line which is a communication medium used to transfer digital signals over standard telephone lines. DSL is just like a subset of broadband as it is one of these technologies. In Direct Subscriber Line existing telephone lines are used to transport high-bandwidth data. So it is easy for ISP companies to provide internet connection without laying new lines. All travels in a line and just help of a splitter/filter frequencies used for voice and the frequency used for data are separated.

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Difference between Broadband and DSL :

S.No.BROADBANDDSL
01.Broadband connection is simply a technology which refers to transmission of wide bandwidth data over a high speed internet connection. The connection medium can be coaxial cable, optical fiber, radio or twisted pair.Digital Subscriber line which is a communication medium used to transfer digital signals over standard telephone lines.
02.In broadband internet signal to and from a device happens through a traditional telephone line or a dedicated broadband cable meant for internet connection.It uses existing telephone lines to transport high-bandwidth data.
03.Broadband is a newer concept.DSL is a older concept.
04.It is 2 times faster than 1.5Mbps DSL.Its speed is from 128 Kbps to over 100 Mbps.
05.Here the bandwidth is shared so speed varies depending on the number of users on the network.Here the bandwidth is not shared so provides constant speed.
06.In broadband technician from concerned enterprise does the initial installation.In DSL the user can do the installation but to make fine tuning technician is required and for this the enterprise provides the required support to the customers.
07.Broadband is possible for home networking and requires remotes and cable networking.DSL is possible for home networking and requires only phone jack.
08.Average monthly fee of broadband depends on the broadband plan but it is higher than DSL.Average monthly fee of DSL depends on customer’s usage but it is less than Broadband.
09.Broadband is just like a superset which refers to any high speed internet technology.DSL is just like a subset of broadband as it is one of these technologies.

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