Is DSL Internet Wireless?

The acronym stands for Digital Subscriber Line and the Internet service signal actually travels over a pair of copper wires to a home or business.  Typically the DSL Internet service travels over the same pair of copper conductors as the home owner’s or business owner’s telephone service uses. Once the DSL Internet service reaches the actual owner’s building a special filter, usually just called a DSL filter, splits out the dial-tone from the Internet signal. That means if you have home telephone service, when you are on a phone call the call tends to be fairly clear, without having much if any background noise. The DSL Internet on the other hand is connected to a special DSL modem, and here’s comes the answer to the original question. Gone are the days however where a customer needs telephone service in order to purchase DSL Internet.

Is DSL Internet wireless? The answer is Yes & No.

DSL modems are available in 3 basic configurations, 2 of which are the most common. Some older style DSL modems only perform one task which is to allow one computer to hardwire connect directly to the modem so in this respect the DSL Internet service isn’t wireless.

The other configuration is when a telephone company Internet Service provider (ISP) offers the customer a modem which doubles also as a wireless router. In this situation multiple devices likes laptops, tablets etc. can all connect to the Internet at the same time thus seeming to the end user that the DSL is in fact wireless Internet. Even though in this configuration the DSL is wireless it’s not transportable outside the home or office; for that one needs access to a Hotspot similar to the one described in this article by clicking here.