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ADSL Internet

When ADSL first became available to Australians a couple of decades ago, it marked a big step forward for internet access.
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The benefits of the internet to entertainment, education, the economy and society have only been made possible by our ability to send large volumes of information electronically over long distances. And the faster the connection, the more information we can send.

ADSL, the original broadband connection 

ADSL was the first widely available method for connecting to broadband internet in Australia, with Telstra BigPond being the first provider to introduce it to consumers1 It’s introduction to the market back in the day was a game-changer. Amongst other things, it allowed people to be online AND get a phone call2 (shout out to everyone who remembers the struggle). Though it’s been mostly eclipsed by newer technologies like the NBN, it’s still available in areas if that’s your preference.  

How does ADSL work?

One of the main reasons ADSL is so widespread can be found in the technology it uses to deliver internet to households. ADSL can be installed anywhere there’s a copper telephone line, which means it’s available to most of the Australian population.

In the early days of the dial-up modem, you couldn’t use your phone and your internet connection at the same time. These days, you can, because the signals are separated.

What you’ll need to connect to ADSL

Connecting to ADSL is easy, and usually doesn’t require much more equipment or wiring than you’ve already got at home. You’ll need:

  • An ADSL filter: This little white box connects to your phone socket and separates your internet signals from your phone signals, so there’s no interference, even when you’re using both at the same time.
  • A modem: Your modem will connect to the wall socket and make the internet connection available inside your home.

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1 Glenco – When did the internet start in Australia 
2 Ruby Testing – Broadband vs Dial up: Differences Explained 

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