What is Internet Access?

Internet access refers to users or organizations connecting to the internet via laptops, mobile devices, or personal computers.

Updated: 11 Aug, 22 by Susith Nonis 7 Min

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Internet access refers to users or organizations connecting to the internet via laptops, mobile devices, or personal computers. It is often provided in schools, public places, homes, workplaces, libraries, internet cafes, etc. Data signalling rates determine internet access; hence users are connected at varying internet speed rates. Because of internet access, web-based services and internet services are available.

In the beginning, the internet's dial-up access garnered huge popularity. Technologies have transformed quickly, enabling more reliable, faster internet access options. Broadband technologies like ADSL and cable internet are the most utilized internet access methods. 

Your internet's cost, availability, speed, and reliability heavily rely on the type of connection, region, and internet service provider. It is also essential to remember that internet distribution between countries and regions is uneven mainly because of development index, income, and technological development. 

Some of the ways to access the internet include:

  • Mobile connection
  • Dial-up
  • Satellite
  • Wireless connection
  • Broadband
  • Hotspots
  • DSL

Knowing the differences between the connections is essential when choosing the type and speed that meets your needs. There are numerous ways to connect your e-reader, tablet, gaming console, desktop, smartphone, or laptop to the internet in this day and age. Below is a deep dive into common connections.

1.   WiFi hotspots

These sites offer internet access over WLAN, a Wireless Local Area Network, through a router that connects to an internet provider. Hotspots use WiFi technology that uses radio waves to connect electronic devices to the internet or for wireless data exchanges. A hotspot can either be free-standing or phone-based, free or commercial.

2.   Broadband

This is a high-speed connection provided via telephone or cable companies. It is among the fastest options currently, and it uses several multiple channels to transfer massive volumes of information. Broadband is short for broad bandwidth. Connections like cable and DSL are regarded as high-bandwidth connections. Although most DSL connections are viewed as broadband, not all broad bandwidth connections are DSL.

3.   Dial-up

In dial-up connections, users have to link their phone line to a computer to access the internet. This type of connection, also known as analogue, restricts users from making or receiving phone calls via their phone service when using the internet. Although dial-up connections were commonly used before, they are currently outdated.

4.   Satellite

A satellite internet connection could be available in areas where a broad bandwidth connection is unavailable. Similar to wireless access, a satellite connection uses a modem.

5.   Cable

Cable internet connections fall under broadband connections. Users can access the internet over cable TV lines using a cable modem. These modems typically offer fast access to the internet, making this type of connection desirable to many internet users.

6.   DSL

DSL is the acronym for Digital Subscriber Line, and it utilizes existing 2-wire copper phone lines connected to a user's home. Internet service is delivered simultaneously with landline phone services. Unlike dial-up connections, users can make calls while still browsing the internet.

7.   ISDN

Integrated Service Digital Network, commonly ISDN, enables users to send video, voice content, and data over standard or digital telephone lines. The user and the internet access provider must install an ISDN adapter at both ends of this transmission. Other than these seven, other options include Optical Carrier, T-1 lines, and T-3 lines.

Regardless of your internet connection, it is common to experience lagging in internet speed from time to time. If this is becoming more prevalent, here are some tips that will help you improve your internet speed.

1.   Get a good location for your wireless router

Your wireless router functions by dispersing radio signals out in every direction. These signals possess significantly high frequencies, which unfortunately make them quite short range. Moreover, the signals work like radio signals, meaning they can be blocked or slowed down by random objects along their paths. The objects along the path of the signals may degrade the quality and speed of your internet.

To fix this problem, relocate the router. When the router is nearer where you are working from, the speed will be faster than if it was behind these obstacles or in some distant corner of your working space. Removing obstacles and distance will ultimately improve the speed.

2.   Disconnect extra and unused gadgets 

Often, you will connect devices to your internet and forget to disconnect once you finish using them. These unused devices typically drain insignificant amounts of bandwidth. However, you may drastically reduce the available bandwidth if you leave multiple gadgets connected after use, like your smart TV, phone, and gaming console. 

Worse still, perhaps the devices you consider idle are on and likely still using up data, downloading data, or updating apps. To ensure that the speed is optimum, ensure that the unused devices you are not using are disconnected from your internet. 

Systematically switch off the WiFi connection on the devices. After that, you will notice a great improvement in speed.

3.   Reboot your router

Sometimes you are working on your device for countless hours non-stop, which could make it sluggish. The best course of action is rebooting your device in such a case. Any background process you don't need, and cached information will be cleared, and your computer will go back to running faster.

The wireless router that provides you with the internet is a small computer that holds background processes and memory. It also cashes information. Frequent resets will ensure that things are working more efficiently.

Try these tips, and you will undoubtedly notice the improvement in internet speed. It will also be easier and more efficient to work on your PC without disruptions.

When deciding on the best internet access for your family, it is in your best interest to narrow down your choices depending on your preferred upload and download speeds. Also, consider the price point factor. With reliable and fast internet access, it is easier to work on your computer, and streaming shows are more seamless.

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Susith Nonis

Susith Nonis

I'm fascinated by the IT world and how the 1's and 0's work. While I venture into the world of Technology, I try to share what I know in the simplest way with you. Not a fan of coffee, a travel addict, and a self-accredited 'master chef'.