Internet providers. Everyone has heard of them, but not everyone really understands what specific services an ISP provider gives to its subscribers. Some may not even know what ISP stands for. However, this article seeks to explain the key role of ISPs in today’s informationally-driven technological age as well as to examine the primary differences between what different ISPs have to offer. A review or examination into the quality of such providers will also be offered!
What are ISPs in the first place? I’m clueless!
Well let’s fix that! Firstly, ISP stands for internet service provider. The name is as intuitive as it gets: internet service providers provide internet service for subscribing customers. Don’t let that scary ISP acronym fool you into thinking its some sort of technological lingo that you’ll never understand. Wireless access, cable, satellite, fiber optics, as well as the more traditional dial up or DSL services represent methods through which internet access can be granted.
You might be surprised or shocked to find that you are actually very familiar with a plethora of different ISPs. They’re always in commercials and you can see their vans and service trucks everywhere! Confused? You might ask, “What are the internet providers in my area”? Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Optimum are just a few of the numerous and famous ISPs that are floating around in our everyday peripheral vision. Being so intimately connected with the internet and these providers, it is wise to understand a bit more about how service actually gets to your home.
How does the internet and wifi actually get into my house? What kind of networks and infrastructures are present that allow this?
If you’ve had any experience with the companies listed above, the process of installing a router and connecting a half-dozen or so perplexing, color-coded wires is usually how you have acquired wifi or another similar service providing internet access.
My own experience with various ISPs such as either Verizon, Comcast, or even Dish involved the installation of a receiving device and a transmission method to flood the house with the service. Verizon and Comcast primarily make use of fiber optic cables and a router to efficiently and wireless (excluding the modem itself) transfer internet signals throughout one’s home. Dish was slightly unconventional and slower because it used a satellite “dish” to receive and transmit signals from one’s roof. These signals would be vulnerable to weather conditions: explaining why Dish was mostly outcompeted by other ISPs.
The Wifi and internet connection is received through the router, which also has another function. The router allows you to split a single internet connection (from the router) to multiple computer in a household.
Which ISPs are usually considered the best internet providers or can give the best and fastest service to me?
Differing ISPs have different deals and degrees of service or functionality. A method by which one can assess the quality of an ISP’s service is through the bandwidth provided at the price one is paying per month. This is because bandwidth is the amount of information that you can transmit or transfer from or to the internet per second. In this area, as well as in service, strength of signal, and reliability, Comcast usually is considered superior. Comcast provides the majority of cable services in the U.S, with 17 million subscribers.