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What is Dial-up Internet Service?

An old dial-up modem. This is the type of modem where a phone handset sits in the modem cradle. Shallow depth of field.

Dialup internet service is a service that allows connectivity to the internet through a standard telephone line. By connecting the telephone line to the modem in your computer and inserting the other end into the phone jack, and configuring the computer to dial a specific number provided by your internet service provider (ISP) you are able to access the internet on your computer.

Dial-up internet service is provided through several ISP. The majority of internet service providers give you a set of telephone numbers either national or local that allows you to dial into a network that feeds into the internet. This allows you to receive and send email, search the World Wide Web, participate in chat rooms and plenty of other features the web has to offer.

In order to get a dial-up internet service a person must definitely have a computer and even more important a modem. There are different types of modems, and most of them are inexpensive to purchase. You can have an internal modem installed in a free slot of your computer, or you can have an external modem that’s hooked up to the computer through cables. A telephone line is linked to the modem.

The modem whether external or internal is controlled by software on the computer. With Microsoft Windows operating system that software is the Network Connection utility which allows you to connect to the internet. How? In the Network Connection utility you have to set up ISP profile so that the modem knows what phone number to dial so that you can connect to the internet.

Once you have found an internet service provider and joined you must choose a password and username. Why? When the modem dials the phone number you are given by your ISP, a connection is made, and then information is swap between the modem and the remote server. A remote server is a computer and related software that is established to handle users who want to access a network remotely. The username and password you choose for the modem allows access to the dial-up gateway to the internet. The gateway to the internet is a network that allows entry into another network.

If you are looking for an inexpensive internet service dial-up is the way to go. Not only is it the cheapest but also the slowest type of access you can get. Since the bandwidth is limited it will take some time for the modem to send and receive information. It will be slow loading web pages, listening to music, and watching videos online. There are all kinds of software available that can help speed up your dial-up internet.

With dial-up internet, you cannot use the phone and search the web at the same time. How come? Remember while one end of the telephone is linked to the modem the other end is in the phone outlet. There are internet services available that allow you to use the phone at the same time and be online.

So as you can see dial-up internet has its pros and its cons. If you are looking for inexpensive internet service and don’t mind not being able to talk on the phone and use the web at the same time then dial-up is definitely for you!

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