Fiber Optics is nowadays the most common option in homes to establish an Internet connection. However, the truth is that it is not the only one. In the world of connections there are many options, and all of them have advantages and disadvantages.
Undoubtedly, the Internet access in homes and offices has a clear winner and it is the optical fiber. When it was born it was a real revolution, because this kind of connection provided a high speed when surfing, low latency (a faster response) and stability in the connection that did not present as many cuts as other technologies such as ADSL.
Nowadays, and although as we will see there are interesting alternatives, it is still the most demanded option by users. However, it is not always possible to have it at home. Fiber optic coverage will not be the same everywhere. Therefore, it is advisable to get information before opting for this option.
ADSL may seem somewhat obsolete compared to current options, but there are companies that continue to work with this technology. In general terms, it is slower and has a poorer connection quality than fibre optic. In addition, although it used to be much cheaper, nowadays the prices are more equal. However, it is true that ADSL has even more network coverage and, therefore, reaches more places.
4G was a before and after in wireless connections. To understand it, in this type of connections we get a WIFI modem that will give connection from any location to the devices we want. It is what we know as mobile internet connections that somehow solves problems such as the limitation of wired areas. You will be able to browse as long as you have mobile coverage. Any drawbacks? Mainly the restriction of gigabytes at maximum speed. In addition, we are totally dependent on 4G coverage. This means that if, for whatever reason, there is no coverage in a room, the connection won’t work there.
With the arrival of the fifth generation of wireless connections (5G) some of the above problems improve. The 5G increases the browsing speed, has a better latency, more devices can be connected and, most importantly, improves the bandwidth, that is, the amount of data that can support this network. The biggest problem we can find is that not all companies work with 5G yet.
Satellite connection in 2022
To finish, the option of satellite connection. This time we are not connecting to a router or a line, you connect through a satellite. We can understand that the main advantage is that this type of connection is available from anywhere in the world.
As for the disadvantages, the main one is the latency, or what is the same, the time it takes for the information to arrive from the moment we make a request. The waiting time, so to speak. So, although it is an interesting alternative for the most remote places, it is still far below the rest of the options in terms of advantages.