5.5.2 Internet Access Techniques

Internet Connection and Access Methods

There are several ways of connecting to the Internet.We can divide the methods into two main types- Fixed and Mobile.

Home Internet

Fixed access is usually much faster and reliable than mobile and is used for connecting homes/offices. The main Access mechanisms are:

  • ADSL over traditional Phone Lines (most common).
  • Cable (limited to cable TV areas)
  • Fibre broadband – Currently being Rolled out

Mobile Internet

When travelling away from the fixed location mobile access is used. The main access mechanisms are:

  • Mobile broadband over 3G Network (common but slow) or 4G
  • Public/ Private Wii-FI (common)