Next Generation DSL

One of the major types of internet that is widely available is DSL. DSL works with telephone lines, similar to the much outdated dialup internet.

Though instead of interrupting your telephone line, DSL packs data across along the copper wires without interference. Telephone companies, such as CenturyLink, offer DSL through existing phone lines, only requiring a DSL modem to utilize the service.

AT&T and their Uverse Internet is still very popular in the USA. However, to get higher wireless speed it's better to get your own best router for AT&T Uverse.


ADSL is the most common type of DSL that exists in North America. Europe uses SDSL. ADSL stands for “asymmetrical digital subscriber line” and has a downstream rate of 8 Mbps on average and an upstream rate of 384 Kbps.

In a world where we are looking at Gbps, these speeds simply will not work. Luckily, there were new generations of DSL released that are made to meet the needs of the modern internet user.


ADSL 2+ was released after ADSL as an answer to speed demands. It is capable of higher speeds, reaching up to 20 Mbps for download and 850 Kbps for upload speeds. These speeds, while better than ADSL, are still not going to meet the demand for speed by consumers.


The fastest form of DSL is the VDSL. This offers downstream speeds up to 52 Mbps and upstream speeds up to 2.3 Mbps. This works through the use of a single copper wire.

Speeds And Distance

The speeds of DSL offered to you will vary depending on the type of DSL that you have, where you live, and how well wired your home is. While it is not as fast as some other internet forms out there are, DSL is reliable.

Going through the existing phone lines can be quick. The distance between the phone box and your home can affect the speeds, however. If the cable winds long around your building or home, the signal might have more lag than a shorter connection would have. Likewise, if there are many users on the same ISP phone line at once, your speed can be slowed down greatly.


We have a quick note about modems for your consideration. There are not one-size-fits all DSL modems out there. You will need to pay attention to the DSL type that you have and confirm that the modem is listed as being compatible with your ISP.

If you have the wrong modem type, even if it says it works with DSL, your internet is never going to work for you.

Why DSL Is Still Important

While it might seem like DSL has become obsolete, that is not the case. DSL is still user-friendly, easy to set-up and something that consumers are likely to understand. The speeds might not be as high as something like fiber, but there are far more possibilities of having an ISP for DSL rather than fiber.

Fiber might have entered the scene, bit it has a long way before proving it is worth the trouble for the average household. Until then, DSL and cable will continue to the best choices.