What is Lite Speed DSL?
DSL is the acronym for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL is a technology for bringing high-bandwidth connectivity to homes and small businesses over ordinary copper telephone lines. Connection speeds for Lite Speed DSL typically range up to 256 Kbps downstream and up to 128 Kbps upstream.
Why should I consider Lite Speed DSL?
The main reason to consider switching to Lite Speed DSL is if you are tired of having your phone line tied up while you are using the Internet. While the speed is not as fast as Regular DSL, Lite Speed still loads content very fast and web pages come up in seconds, not minutes. As the Internet continues to expand in size and popularity, sites and files are growing in size and demand that you have a high-speed connection to get the most out of them.
What do I need to get Lite Speed DSL?
- Windows 2000 Professional/NT/XP/Vista
- Pentium III processor or higher
- 128 MB RAM minimum
- Support for 800X600 resolution 16 bit color
- DSL modem
- Ethernet Card (or Network Card)
- Filters for each phone/device in your home
Keep in mind, the older your computer is, the slower your service is likely to be. The DSL modem is supplied with the DSL service, included in the monthly rate. You can purchase the ethernet card from us for $19, but you are responsible for installing it in your computer. If you are not comfortable installing it yourself, we can recommend a dealer who can install it for you. The filters are available for $7.50 for an in-line one, and $12.00 for a wall-mount one.
Can I use the service in more than one location?
No. The Lite Speed DSL service is activated on a specific phone line, it will only work on a line that has had the service activated on it. However, included in your Lite Speed DSL service is 10 hours of dial up usage that you can use to access the internet when you are away from your home or business.
Can I use my Lite Speed DSL and regular modem simultaneously?
In theory, yes. Because your voice bandwidth is not used by the Lite Speed DSL modem, you may use a regular analog modem as well. In practice, it is not known for sure how well this will work. Remember that there is a splitter that filters out the Lite Speed DSL bandwidth. It has been reported that the Lite Speed DSL side can leak over into the voice bandwidth. This may affect connection speed with your analog modem.
Can I Fax over Lite Speed DSL?
You cannot FAX using a Lite Speed DSL modem, but you can still send and receive faxes over your regular telephone lines. Upgrading to Lite Speed DSL will add a Lite Speed DSL modem, but if you keep your old modem, you can still use software fax products like WinFaxPro – they simply use your telephone line as before.