The internet has taken over the world. Throughout time, since the birth of the internet, more and more private and commercial industries have switched to being online. In the early days of dial up internet connections to the up to date fibre broadband, a great many of us now have access to the internet. The internet is more than just surfing online, though, many things around your home may connect to the internet, for example satellite television, IT support and your standard gaming consoles. These are just a few things that require or use the internet. So, as we look towards 2019, what internet options do we have? We’ll take a look at them, as well as take a look at the pros and cons of each.
For most of us, landline internet is the standard way that we connect to the web. Usually, your internet provider will send your signal down your telephone line to your router. The router then sends a signal, wired or wirelessly, throughout your home. Your devices, i.e. smartphones, tablets, laptops etc receive this signal, giving you access to the internet. This is all very well when you have a landline to be able to receive the signal through. If you do not have a landline, however, you can now receive ‘dish satellite internet.’
Dish Satellite internet
Dish satellite internet uses the same principles as standard telephone-based internet, but the signal is sent via a satellite dish. You can buy satellite dish from many electrical retailers. This is a great advancement for those who don’t have a landline or wish not to have a landline. In some cases, this means the internet is able to be received in remote areas.
Cable internet is similar to landline internet whereby internet providers send their internet signal via a cable. This, once again, is received by a router and that signal is spread across the building. In some instances, cable internet can be quicker than traditional broadband. An advantage of cable internet is that there is minimal downtime as weather cannot often affect the reception. Dish internet on the other hand may have service issues in times of extreme weather. There are many cable providers across the world, it is a matter of checking with your local provider to see if your property is able to have cable internet.
Mobile Phone Internet
We all have seen the advantages of having a smartphone. Gone are the days that your phone is only able to make a telephone call. Now, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all require the internet. Most mobile providers now have some form of data allowance as part of their package. This data can be used to surf the internet from wherever your mobile phone may be. Mobile internet is really versatile and this type of technology has enabled us to be able to have access to the internet in some of the remotest of places, providing that there is coverage. Many mobile phones are able to have a toggle function which we will cover later in this article. Your mobile phone service provider will be able to go through the options that you have, depending on the amount of usage you require.
The dongle is not particularly new technology; however, it is still at the cutting edge of design. A dongle, for those that do not know, is a memory stick sized product which you can put on to the side of your computer/laptop and you are then able to stream the internet as if you were mobile. This, as with dish satellite internet, is a great piece of technology as it allows the user the freedom of not being tied to a landline contract. You are able to move this device from building to building and have access to the internet on the go, regardless of where you are. There are a few disadvantages to a dongle and the first one is the connection as it can be intermittent as it depends on the strength of your signal. Also, a dongle can only power one device at any one time. So, if you want to have multiple devices connected, a dongle would not be suitable for your needs.
Toggling, as mentioned above, is whereby your mobile phones can act as an internet provider. The data allowance that you receive on your phone can be spread between multiple devices by toggling. It acts pretty much in the same way as your home router. You are able to set up an internet code so that your line is secure and then you are able to share your data allowances to the devices you have agreed to. This is fantastic for those of us who have children as you are able to power their entertainment devices whilst on the move. For example, connecting your tablet to your smartphone whilst on a car journey.
There are some disadvantages to toggling. For example, when you are toggling from your mobile device you will usually have some form of data allowance or fair usage policy to adhere to. If this is the case, you will have to closely monitor the amount of internet that you use to avoid incurring additional charges. This can simply be done by logging on to your mobile account and checking your remaining allowance.
2019 will bring many new versions of the internet that we know. Access to the internet has never been so simple and as it grows, more and more countries across the world are gaining access and coverage. It is always worth keeping in contact with your current internet provider to find out what the latest developments for the internet are.