DSL & WiFi – A Very Useful Bond in the USA

It is no secret that the internet has a massive effect on our lives. Although it was only conceived a few decades ago, the network is now used by 5 billion people. That is two-thirds of the people living on the face of this Earth! Strategy Analytics projects that, by the end of the former half of this decade, more than 35 billion devices will be connected to the internet. That is more than a hundred times the total population of the United States of America! Another measure of the internet’s growing influence is the number of offers that ISPs have started providing – just look at the number of Xfinity internet plans available!

The rise of influence of the internet has naturally come with a rise in questions about it. While some wonder who “made” the internet, others wonder how different terms linked to it relate to one another. If you are the latter type of person, this blog was written just for you! Below, we explore how the term “DSL” is related to the term “WiFi.”


The digital subscriber line (DSL) is often considered the successor to dial-up internet – the predominant type of internet in times past. The reason behind this is that, like dial-up, DSL also makes use of telephone lines for the transmission of the internet. Nonetheless, it varies from dial-up technology in one significant manner: dial-up technology allows broadband transmission. This means that the internet gets transmitted at speeds much faster. In fact, the speeds of DSL can reach up to hundreds of MBs per second. Putting things into context, dial-up speeds topped out at 56 Kbps! Because of the higher speeds, DSL became very popular among internet users. It is available in all fifty states in the United States. Moreover, it was the most widely used type of internet in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries up until 2019. Today, even though cable and fiber are growing faster than it, DSL remains one of the most widely used types of internet.


WiFi is, by far, the most commonplace mode of transmission of the internet within a house. Its popularity comes from the fact that people do not have to connect wires to their computers to get online. If you are reading this blog, chances are you are making use of a Wi-Fi connection. We say this confidence knowing that Wi-Fi allows many more devices to function. In fact, the only way you can get online through your phone is through Wi-Fi. There are different parts to a WiFi system.

What Parts Is It Made Of

Cable: The cable brings the internet to the router. If you have a DSL connection, the cable would be a phone line. If you have a fiber connection, the cable would be a fiber-optic line. It is very important to have a quality cable because damage to your cable can significantly affect the reliability of the connection you get and its speed.

Router: The router is responsible for creating the WiFi network in your home. This is performed through a built-in antenna in your router. Like the cable gets connected to the input port, signals come out of the output port- the antenna. Thus, the internet gets converted from a wired form to a wireless form through your router.

Antenna: As explained earlier, the antenna, as the output port, transmits internet signals throughout your house. It is important the antenna is upright. Besides, obstructions and interferences negatively impact Wi-Fi signals.

Types Of WiFi Networks

Mesh system: Mesh networks have different WiFi hubs set up at regular intervals. As speed decreases the farther away you get from an antenna, converting your network to a mesh network significantly increases your internet connection’s range as well as speed. Mesh systems are often used in office buildings. Mesh systems are more expensive than non-mesh systems. After all, routers are devices and devices cost money not only to manufacture but also to install and maintain.

Non-mesh system: These WiFi networks are created through a singular router. This means that the rooms that are close to the router get better coverage than the rooms that aren’t. Non-mesh systems are often found in small houses. They are cheaper to install and maintain.

The Relationship

Basically, the digital subscriber line is the line that brings the internet into a building. It attaches to the input terminal of the router that has the modem in it.

Wi-Fi is the network of signals created by the router through its antennas. It is responsible for the distribution of signals within a house.

Thus, we can conclude that the DSL is the input to a router and the WiFi is the output. This is it for now. We hope this blog helped you better understand the global phenomena named the “internet.” We wish you the best of luck and all the success in the year 2022. Until next time, bye-bye.

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