Is Alltel wireless the same as DSL?

November 21, 2010 at 16:15:53
Specs: Windows XP, Dell
I am wondering if an Alltel wireless internet connection would be considered equivalent to DSL?

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#1
November 21, 2010 at 18:19:57
No, different technology altogether.

DSL is purely a wired system that goes over the telephone lines.

Wireless, is wireless, it uses the air waves.

The there is cable that uses co-axial cable.

Stuart


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#2
November 21, 2010 at 19:00:53
Is the Alltel product a wireless modem that uses cellphone technology to access internet? If so carefully consider the cost of this type of mobile broadband. At least where I am, ( In Australia) these mobile broadband plans are about 10X the cost of DSL or cable. The excess data charges are horrendous.

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#3
November 22, 2010 at 20:30:45
Thanks, Stuart, I understand that. What I am wondering has to do with using the internet to work on-line and what the difference is between wireless and DSL and how that would affect working on-line. I currently have wireless because it costs less than our local DSL and tests faster with downloads and uploads. I would like to find work on-line to work from home but every where I'm looking requires DSL or cable. What would be the reason for this and why would wireless not be sufficient?

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#4
November 22, 2010 at 20:36:30
Yes, Richard59, my Alltel wireless modem uses cell phone technology. I chose Alltell after much research because it offered an unlimited internet package for less than my local phone companies DSL. I live in a very rural area in Montana,USA and my wireless tests faster than our local DSL. I have no idea if Alltell is available in Austrailia, but AT&T has bought them out and will soon be changing over.

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#5
November 23, 2010 at 05:43:53
The reason that home working companies require DSL or Cable is that they are considerably faster than a dial up connection of 56kbs connection which a lot of people still have and would be far too slow. Wireless is probably never even considered as it is a rarity and as ,mentioned by Richard, horrendously expensive..

As you live in a rural area DSL/Cable would be very slow as a it needs cable to be laid direct to your door. With DSL, the further away you are form the local telephone exchange, the slower the connection and over 5kms, forget it.

I would tell any potential employers that you have a wireless Internet connection and tell them what bandwidth you get an it may well be acceptable.

Stuart


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#6
November 23, 2010 at 05:50:05
Cable/ADSL do not suffer from the same inherent issues wireless does.

The problems are:
1) Subject to excess lag/latency
2) Lack of security

While the wireless connection may seem faster on paper, if you're accessing a remote network and running software from it, your wireless performance will suck greatly in comparison to ADSL/Cable. Even if the bandwidth of your wireless is rated twice as fast, performance overall would still be best on the hardwired solution.

Then there's security. Anybody with a laptop that has a wireless interface could pretty much sit outside your home and with enough time and patience, hack into your wireless network and therefore into your work network because the wireless is broadcast through the air where anybody can see the signal. If it's encrypted, it only takes time and computing cycles to crack the encryption. WEP encryption can be broken in under 30 min's by our security guy. He assures me there are tools available to crack WPA encryption too it just takes longer.

If you worked for me and dealt with any sensitive employee/client information, I would let you connect via a wireless network either.

I've had occasion in the last 15+ years of working with computers to work for companies where I worked from home. In those cases, the company paid for my internet. If they hadn't, I would have been able to claim that on income tax along with my "home office"

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#7
November 23, 2010 at 06:53:43
Curt,

I don't think security comes into it in this instance. The OP is using cell phone technology, not Wi-Fi. As the OP lives in the wilds of Montana, there are not going to be many people sitting outside his home intercepting his Wi-fi.

If it were wi-fi I would agree but a direct wireless connection between ISP to user vie the cell phone network is a lot more secure and a lot more expensive in normal circumstances. It is probably using WiMax which is not Wi-Fi and is totally different. It was specifically designed for use where DSL/Cable is not available or is impractical. WiMax operates at a much higher frequency than WiFi.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WiMAX

To use Wi-fi you would need a wired DSL/Cable connection somewhere along the line and as the OP stated, there isn't one.

Stuart


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#8
November 23, 2010 at 07:11:17
Hey Stuart,

I missed the part about his location and it being a cell connection.....lol

I don't know a lot about cell phone wireless technology so I learned something from your post.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#9
November 24, 2010 at 04:55:08
Thanks, Stuart. I will have to call my carrier about the WiMax thing you mentioned, I honestly do not know. And you're right, I don't have much fear of my computer being hacked where I live. Although, a potential employer may not understand that and put trust in it, so I will have to take that into consideration when pursuing on-line employment. I appreciate you taking time to answer my questions.

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