VirtualMV/Internet and Web/Broadband/Content

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By the end of this page you will be able to:

  • Define the term broadband
  • Describe broadband hardware
  • List typical broadband speeds
  • Describe the types and sizes of different files commonly downloaded.


A data communications technology that enables faster data transmission over copper telephone lines than a conventional voiceband modem can provide.[1]


DLink DSL-G604T Wireless ADSL Router


Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)

  • ADSL: Max rate: Downstream: 8 Mbps, Upstream: 1 Mbps
  • ADSL2: Max rate: Downstream: 12 Mbps, Upstream: 1.5 Mbps
  • ADSL2+: Max rate: Downstream: 24 Mbps, Upstream: 3 Mbps (Thomson TG585, 2007)[2]
    • Telecom (2008) [3] ADSL2+ offers maximum download speeds of up to 24Mbps and maximum upload speeds of up to 1.0Mbps.

Some ADSL routers provide Wireless capability: e.g. Wi-Fi 802.11g allows data transfer of 54Mbps (Thomson TG585, 2007)


1GB of online activity is equal to[4]

  • 200,000 text-only emails
  • 8,300 average web pages
  • 200 music files (3 minute tracks)
  • 50 hours Online games
  • 32 three-minute movie trailers
  • 1 movie (saved as DivX or WMV around 640MB)
  • You can install an addin to Firefox that monitors your net usage (Net Usage Item, n.d.)[5]

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