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New life for dial-up?

August 3, 2013

If you happen to be one of the people who regards dial-up like a pile of old tech situated in  hypothetical junk farm, it’s not surprising, since anyone who tried HSI has got the ideal. DSL and a lot of other performers also get a lot of favor for their extra speed. If 53.3k represents the maximum allowable connection speed and DSL people get anywhere from something like 200 Kbps to 6 Mbps, then dial-up users have got to put a paper bag over their computer or game console every time company come over.

At the moment, about 4 million dial-up users, at a minimum, can probably be substantiated.  And of those figures, there will be a lot of folks who can’t connect past 28.8k or 33.3k, for the reason that they’ll be out of the 10-mile range to make use of a 56k modem but seriously.

Also over the years, some ameliorative alternatives have promised DSL-like speed with high speed dial-up such as from using special data compression techniques, image quality options, and data caching on the local side where an IP will have access to DSL, HSI service, or better and cache oft-requested pages so that the wait will be minimal. Plans generally offer the promise of x5 improvement in speed.

Ironically enough, the phone company remains behind the scenes, with total control over how the phone line can be used. Most residences will have one phone line, with the potential for a minimum, perhaps, of 3 or more.

That fact suggests the base fact of what the phone company could do if it decided to manufacture the little device that would do it, that would plug into the wall socket and by a special feat make use of all potential phone lines in the residence by combining and compiling their collective bandwidth all into one package. Rural areas would still have the least bandwidth. But in some areas, the bandwidth could be a lot more.

So, the big question: Why hasn’t the phone company come around to offering this sort of gadget? The potential isn’t limited solely to 2 rural lines, but that would amount to 56.6k, which isn’t actually bad, and would certainly expand the horizons and appeal of dial-up, in effect giving consumers more choice of where to spend their money.

This new hardware could probably be implemented in some form and in effect offer new options for faster Internet access that run a cut above modern dial-up with even high speed dial-up frills. So it’s now not other than a  matter of time before someone in the tech field determines whether or not this improvised form of dial-up access would be possible. Wouldn’t that be great!


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