Different types of broadband connection
Today, optical fibre cables are often installed for detached houses, for example when carrying out other installations. This is a type of connection considered future-proof, as it has a high transmission capacity. Unlike ADSL, fibre connections require new infrastructure to be build (the laying of fibre cables).
If you live in an apartment or detached house with cable TV, your provider can also offer broadband. You will need a cable modem, which is provided by the cable company. If you live in a block of flats, there must often be an agreement between the cable company and the property owner as well, which allows the former to provide the service.
LAN (Local Area Network)
LAN is an electronic network connecting computers in the geographic vicinity of one another to a local network, for example within a company. LAN technology is also used to give a block of flats a fixed internet connection. Computers and other technical equipment are connected to the LAN. No modem is needed.
Mobile broadband is most often used in mobile phones (your mobile data plan) or by a modem or insert card connected to a laptop. This allows you to go online anywhere. When using mobile broadband, you can move around and use the internet at the same time. However, you must be getting a signal. Learn more about mobile broadbands. Different technologies can be used to transmit data via mobile broadband: 2G (GPRS), 3G, HSPA and LTE (4G), which all allow for great mobility across vast areas. Wi-Fi can provide wireless and mobile broadband within a limited area, such as your home. Read more about mobile broadband.
WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network)
WLAN is a form of LAN that uses radio waves rather than fixed cables. WLAN can be described as a local network based on the wireless transmission of network signals. WLAN is used within a limited geographical area, such as an internet café.
xDSL (Digital Subscriber Line)
xDSL is a general description for a group of technologies that use a digital modem on regular telephone wire. The type of digital system transmitted through the wire is indicated by the letter used instead of the “x”. Examples include ADSL, SDSL and VDSL.