Speed of Internet Connection Type: What Packetwork's Offers

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Internet speeds vary greatly depending on connection type and location. Different types of connections suit different types of users. Read on to learn about the different connection types, and Packetwork’s offerings in those areas.


Rural/Low Speed Internet Connections

The following is a graph of lower speed internet connections that are popular in the majority of small town/rural areas:

Graph of low speed internet connections


ADSL: ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) is one of the two main groups of broadband internet. Broadband internet is often the only type of internet available in smaller towns and rural areas. ADSL uses a phone line to connect to the internet, but still allows the phone line to be used to make phone calls. Due to the line serving a dual purpose of internet + phone line, the upload speeds are low, while the download speed is high. DSL connections are considered a guaranteed speed – meaning that speeds should be stable and not fluctuate.

SDSL: SDSL (Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line) is the other main type of broadband internet. SDSL uses the same technology as ADSL, but does it in a symmetric fashion. This means that both parts of the phone line are utilized. This allows for fast upload speeds, which match download speeds. The drawback is that SDSL connection utilize the entire phone line, and as such, the line cannot be used to make or receive phone calls. DSL connections are considered a guaranteed speed – meaning that speeds should be stable and not fluctuate.

T1: T1 is the first tier of fiber internet. Its speeds are very similar to DSL speeds, but similar to SDSL connections: the upload and download speeds are identical. The advantage of T1 is that it does not use a phone line connection, thus high upload speeds can be achieved without interrupting phone service. T1 is considered a guaranteed speed connection.

Cable:  Cable is similar to DSL, but the cable television line is used instead of the telephone line. Cable is capable of very high speeds, but it is also dependent on who else in the neighbourhood is using the cable. The more users in an area, the slower cable internet is. It is not considered a guaranteed speed connection.

Wireless: Wireless internet is broadcasted from a high elevation location to the surrounding countryside. It often requires some sort of receiver to pick up. Wireless internet is the only option in some rural areas, and offers decent download and upload speeds, but is subject to factors such as precipitation and humidity. Varying weather connections will affect internet performance.


Fiber Internet

Fiber internet is the fastest type of internet and offers speeds that dwarf other internet connection types. The speed of Fiber internet varies on location, but can be as high as 1000 Mbps. Fiber also offers very high upload speeds to match high download speeds. It is the ideal internet for any user, but unfortunately suffers for low availability in many areas.

Recommended Internet Type

Fiber is the absolute best type of internet, and recommended to all users. However, fiber is not available in many areas. If that is the case I recommend that following:

Usage Type:

Internet Type:

Internet is essential. Backups are made regularly to off-site locations. All work depends in some way on the internet.

Fiber, SDSL, T1

Internet is critical to business, but data requirements are light (light text related internet use)


Internet is not critical for business operation, but will be used to aid business functions.

SDSL, T1, ADSL, Cable, Wireless


Packetworks Solutions

Packetworks offers high speed Fiber, ADSL, SDSL, T1, and Wireless internet solutions for urban and remote environments in Ontario. Packetworks also offers full solutions for networking. Packetworks constructs all manners of the network: telephony, video, redundancy, and high speed internet. As such there are not bottlenecks to connectivity. For a full analysis of your network needs, click the button below to contact Packetworks immediately.



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