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Mac broadband guide
Mac Broadband Guide

Mac users may sometimes get a raw deal when it comes to hi speed broadband. Many providers cater principally for broadband users who have PCs and run Windows software and leave Mac-a-philes out in the cold. It's not the broadband itself that's a problem; rather, it's finding broadband modems with Mac connectors and with software that runs on a Mac that can cause some issues. That said, many hi speed broadband providers have caught on to the growing Mac broadband market and now provide cheap broadband deals for Mac users, along with the right software and hardware to connect. Whether you choose BT, Sky, TalkTalk or another provider, it's now possible to get Mac broadband.

Here's a Mac broadband guide to get you started.

Introducing ADSL

If you're looking for hi speed Mac broadband, then you will need to get ADSL. The acronym stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. There are two important things to know about ADSL. The first is that upload and download speeds on ADSL are different, with much faster download speeds than upload speeds. That's why it's an asymmetric line.

The second is that ADSL lines carry both voice and data. With dial-up networking, using the phone meant you couldn't connect to the internet, while using the internet generally meant that you couldn't take calls. With ADSL, you can do both at the same time, thanks to a handy device called a microfilter which splits the signal so that your ordinary phone line can do both.

Mac broadband bandwidth considerations

A key question when signing up for Mac broadband is how much bandwidth you will need. Think of it as an allocation which allows you to browse and download. A good starting point would be 2 Mbps, which is blisteringly fast compared to dial-up. Many UK internet users have an average of 3MB and many internet providers offer speeds of 8MB or higher. The way to choose your Mac broadband speed is to think about what you will have to download. If you are planning on downloading videos or watching internet TV, then the bigger your allowance, the better. Casual users should be okay with the basic level.

Getting a Mac broadband package deal

If you're looking for cheap Mac broadband, then buying a package of phone, television, and internet is one way to do it, but watch out for providers who offer a low introductory rate. They have a habit of ramping this up once you've signed on the dotted line. It's far better to compare Mac broadband deals based on how much they will cost you over the first year.

Many providers of Mac broadband services want you to sign up for an extended contract, but with almost as many offering one month deals, you have the flexibility to test each hi speed broadband service before you commit to a long term deal. Once you've found cheap hi speed Mac broadband, you won't look back. Mac broadband will change the way you browse the

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