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What is ADSL?

ADSL stands for 'Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line' and provides fast access internet service over existing copper telephone links. By converting your existing telephone line to take ADSL, you can have the advantage of high speed internet access through an 'always on' service making it much easier to download information from the internet or to share information between offices or remote workers. ADSL services are asymmetric - which means that data flows to you faster than from your system. 

How fast is ADSL?

ADSL services can download at up to 8Mb/s and upload up to 832 kb/s, although actual speed will be dependent on various factors including line length and line quality. ADSL provides an always on connection.

What do I need?

You will need a BT telephone line that can be converted to ADSL. BT has enabled local exchanges throughout the country to provide ADSL service.

Can I still use my telephone line?

Yes - you can use a telephone on the same line as the ADSL service - and while you are using the internet! ADSL requires a micro-filter to be connected to the line - the filter has outputs for both ADSL connections and standard telephones.

Are there call charges for using ADSL?

There are no 'call' charges associated with ADSL use. Once you have paid the regular subscription you can use the service as often or as little as you like. This makes ADSL a very cost-effective alternative to other internet connections such as ISDN. Please note that you will be responsible for the cost of voice calls made on the ADSL converted line. These charges will be billed separately by BT or other line provider in the normal way.

Can I connect a network to my ADSL link?

Yes - ADSL is ideal for connecting an office network to the internet. Connect your network to the ADSL router and all network machines will be able to access the internet.

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