Dial-Up Internet

Dial-Up Internet Basics

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Dial-Up FAQs

Does Internet speed matter?

With more Internet speed (measured in megabits per second, abbreviated Mbps), Web pages you visit will load faster; downloads and uploads will take less time; streaming media will play more smoothly; and online games will play with less lagging and fewer connection timeouts. If your Internet habits include any of these activities, you likely need more speed than a dial-up connection can provide.

I mostly use my computer for email. Will dial-up work for me?

Dial-up may be a good option if you use your computer primarily for light Web browsing and emailing. Due to speed and bandwidth constraints, dial-up service may work better for smaller households. If speed is not an issue or your budget is modest, dial-up Internet might be just right.

How much would upgrading cost?

Upgrade costs depend on the technology you plan to upgrade to, as well as the provider and the speed tier you choose. Low-tier DSL services will likely cost more than a dial-up connection, but even the lowest tier DSL speed will give you a noticeable increase in speed and service quality. If you need significantly more speed, cable or fiber Internet may fit the bill.

Can a dial-up connection stream video or music files?

Usually not; streaming sites like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu require faster connections to reliably stream media without delays. Some sites may offer limited dial-up Internet support – at the cost of video quality. If you frequently stream media, DSL, cable, satellite, and fiber Internet offer more speed and bandwidth than dial-up service can.