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Evolution of dial up connection speed

The one of the most important feature that people consider while taking internet connection is the speed of internet connection. Today many types of internet connections are available. Most common type of internet connection is dial up connection. Dial up connection has gone through series of evolutionary steps over last 40 years. This evolution was mainly possible due to the ever growing demand of faster speed of data transfer due to the advance of internet.

The first modems could gain a dial up connection speed up to 300 bits per second (bps). They were mainly used by large organizations in their internal computer networks to connect dumb terminals. A dumb terminal is simply a keyboard and a screen. A dumb terminal at a remote site could get connected through dial up connection to a central computer. This allowed people to process character data through computer networks.

Most of the people found easy to get along with dial up connection speed of 300 bps. The reason is that the data transmitted in that time was merely stream of characters. At the dial up connection speed of 300 bps, the modems were capable of transmitting 30 characters per second. This is a lot more characters per second than a person can type or read.

The scenario changed when personal computers emerged in the late 1970’s. In one of the most popular network at that time, a Bulletin board network (BBS), a person could set up a computer with some BBS software and a modem. The other members of the network would dial in to connect to the bulletin board and share data. Later on, in the bulletin board systems, it was possible to transfer more amounts of data then just a stream of character. Then, with the emergence of GUI (Graphical User Interface), images also started appearing on the computer screen. Also, the internet started to gain popularity in early 1980’s. Now, it was possible to access web sites and transfer large amount of data over the internet.

In this era, the amount of the data transmission dramatically increased as people started transferring large programs and images to and from bulletin board systems. Hence, the 300 bps was no longer sufficient speed transfer data. Hence, the dial up connection speed went through a series of evolutionary steps in next 20 years. Today most common dial up connections run with speed up to 56 kbps (kilo bits per second, 1 kbps = 1000 bps).

With the arrival of broadband connection, the usage of dial up connection has become less frequent. However, due to the high prices the faster options have not become very popular. Today, the dial up connection is the most common and economic option that a home user seeks to access internet. Today, several, internet service providers offer dial up connection at reasonably good speed for a home user.

 

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