There is little doubt today that our generation is almost fully dependent on the internet to live the lifestyles we’re used to. We get our news on Twitter, reconnect with friends and family through Facebook, stream entertaining videos on YouTube, and send important documents via email hosts. Whether you’re a student, a young professional, a millennial or a retired office worker, you need the internet for a multitude of reasons.

The network connection has come a long way. From its original intended military application to the days of the dreaded Dial-Up or analog connection, mankind has spared no expense to find ways and means to speed access to the internet. Now there are mobile hotspots, wireless connections, satellite service, broadband connection, and DSL. People often choose their connection depending on their current location and specific needs. People on the go tend to favor using mobile data or WiFi hotspots. People who work on the internet would prefer stable cable or broadband connections in their home. The connection type that a lot of houses and business offices use today is good old DSL.


DSL, which stands for Digital Subscriber Line, is the modern solution to the dial-up connection. Back then, a dial-up connection was dependent on your phone line – you had to link your computer through it to access the internet. Receiving and making calls while you were connected just wasn’t possible, or else you’d lose the connection.

DSL uses the existing telephone line in your home to deliver internet service. The biggest difference is that the telephone line is a 2-wire copper line, meaning consumers can make and receive calls even while surfing the internet on their PC or laptop.

Because of this, internet service and communication providers have taken to bundling their DSL and phone services into one product package. For instance, Frontier – an authorized sales agent and reseller – has a line of offers called the Frontier Double Play Bundles, which gives their customers the option of saving a bulk of cash on two products instead of one. They have the Basic Bundle, which combines their Basic-Max and Digital Phone Essentials packages, the Standard Bundle (Broadband Max and Digital Phone Unlimited), their Best-Selling Performance Bundle, which combines the Broadband Ultra with Digital Phone Unlimited, and their Peak Performance Bundle – Broadband Ultimate and Digital Phone Unlimited.


Earlier, we listed the different internet connection types now available; mobile data, wireless hotspots, DSL, broadband, and etc. However, it is possible to combine one or the other to get the most bang for your buck. For instance, DSL home connections can be turned into wireless hotspots so that the whole family can jump on the internet whenever they wish on their own devices. This is done using a modem and a wireless internet router. The router basically receives the internet data coming through the telephone lines and converts it into radio signals. These radio signals are then broadcast throughout the house, picked up by the network cards on laptops, PCs, tablets, and smartphones, and then reconverted back to internet data. The biggest risk with turning DSL connection into a wireless broadcast is that there is no limit to how many devices can jump on (barring special settings). Ergo, people often have their network encrypted with a password and username to stop people within the immediate area from piggybacking onto the WiFi.

WiFi routers are relatively common in dorms, apartments, houses, and basically anywhere where a lot of people would expect to be online at the same time. Routers can be purchased along with a home or digital phone. In fact, Frontier includes a FREE Wi-Fi router with all its packages, whether Internet-Only, FiOS (Fiber Optic System), or bundled with phone and television services.