ADSL 2+ sounds pretty darn great when you hear or read its name. The “2+” tacked on the end is impressive and represents an improvement upon initial ADSL, eliciting thoughts of speed and convenience that are intriguing to any customer. Right now, ADSL 2+ is by far the best option for many users, especially with the National Broadband Network still unavailable to hundreds of thousands of Australians.
But just what exactly is ADSL 2+? In short, it’s a type of broadband internet service. But there’s more to it than that. Let us help you get a grip on what ADSL 2+ is and what is required to get hooked up.
What is ADSL 2+?
ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. The reason it is referred to as asymmetric is because the upstream and downstream channels are not the same. ADSL 2+ gives more credence to downstream transmission. ADSL 2+ improved upon initial ADSL, providing faster service that can handle multiple users without getting bogged down with lag. The frequency band of ADSL 2+ can be up to double that of ADSL.
What is needed to use ADSL 2+?
Like its predecessor, ADSL 2+ operates through copper phone wiring. ADSL 2+ requires a few specific components for operation, including one of the ADSL 2+ modems available now from iiNet. Your modem can have a big impact on your internet speed, so make sure you determine which one is best for you. Take into account what you are using the ADSL 2+ for, as certain models will better suit office buildings while others are better fit for home use.
The obvious key is to make sure you get a modem specifically created to handle ADSL 2+. That is because ADSL modems cannot process the faster speeds of ADSL 2+. The other factor is your proximity to a telephone exchange and the capability of said exchange. Your telephone exchange needs to be able to handle ADSL 2+, as does your phone line.
Unfortunately, not every person will be able to utilise the speeds of ADSL 2+. There’s not much that can be done if no nearby exchanges are equipped. However, one thing to keep in mind is that internet providers equip exchanges individually. That means that one provider being unable togive you internet access via an exchange doesn’t mean that another is also unable.
How to get hooked up
The easiest thing to do if you want to enjoy speedy ADSL 2+ is to contact your provider and see if the service is available in your area. Your provider will be able to determine the quality of ADSL 2+ at your location and help you figure out which plan is best suited for your situation.
Part of this process will involve deciding whether or not you should ditch your fixed phone line. In most cases we don’t recommend doing that, as bundle plans make keeping it inexpensive. Also, fixed lines can come in handy in emergency situations in which power is lost.
With the advent of technology and several discoveries, internet connectivity just kept on improving every blessed day, and ADSL 2+ , unlike others, answers to the need of people lacking high speed internet connectivity. But my question is, have you experienced ADSL 2+ speed yet? Let me have your say below.