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Jonathan Schwantes, senior policy counsel at Consumer Reports, suggests using a pair of tests: one from Ookla and another from MLab.
The tests show two important results: download speed and upload speed, measured in megabits per second.
DSL, which stands for Digital Subscriber Line, operates on the same copper wires that phone companies use for traditional telephone service—so-called landlines—albeit on a higher frequency range that doesn’t necessitate tying up a phone line the way dial-up service does. (
Cable internet is piped through coaxial cables carrying signals on a copper conductor surrounded by layers of plastic and metal coating to shield it from interference (an improvement over DSL). As the coaxial cables were originally developed to transmit cable TV, which is a fairly data-intensive...
Fibre optic cables consist of a core of ultra-thin glass surrounded by a reflective coating that transmits information as pulses of light at the speed of, well, light travelling through the glass. The fastest internet connections available today are termed “fibre to the home” because the fibre op...
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