Those who experienced the Internet at its early stages remember the days of dial-up connections. This cut off access to your phone line, required endless patience for slow loading pages, and would stop functioning the moment somebody forgot about the internet and picked up the phone to make a call. Of course, the introduction of high-speed internet quickly put an end to dial-up connections.
Now, all modern computers, tablets, laptops, and even cell phones, connect to Wi-Fi through a DSL service or satellite internet, without the need for expensive plans through your phone company. The question remains for many DSL Internet users, “Do I need a home phone for internet?” Surprisingly, the answer is both yes and no.
DSL Internet and How it Works
DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) internet requires the use of a phone line to access the internet. This makes it crucial to have a phone jack installed in your home, even if you don’t plan on hooking the phone up to a calling service. This line delivers a connection to your modem, which in turn transmits the internet to a router, allowing the signal to be captured via mobile devices through Wi-Fi.
There are two ways to install DSL, depending on whether you are using the phone lines in your home or not. The first is to install a device called a splitter. This allows you to split the signal coming into your home between the telephone and the internet connection. The second, called naked DSL, avoids the splitter by only hooking up the internet, and not home phone service, through the phone jack.
One of the great things about the DSL phone jack setup is that most homes come with the phone line pre-installed. Older homes, especially, required the phone jack to call in and out. Modern homes being built new don’t have jacks and require installation to achieve a DSL connection.
Benefits to DSL Internet Services
There are many internet connections, including Fibre, Satellite internet, Cable internet, Wireless broadband, and of course, DSL. Choosing which service to use takes thoughtful consideration and also depends highly on which service you qualify for in your area. Some major benefits of DSL Internet include:
- – DSL is a very fast internet service. Not the fastest, but can support most small to mid-sized families.
- – In offices, DSL internet allows for long-distance phone calls while simultaneously surfing the web.
- – Those who choose not to hook up a traditional home phone service can use a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service to place calls through the internet.
- – Many home and business owners don’t require a special hookup because most buildings have phone jacks already.
- – DSL connections can handle large quantities of data at a time due to high bandwidths.
- – Business bandwidth is guaranteed with no need to worry about sharing broadband, or other connection types.
These are a few of the reasons more customers are choosing DSL over alternative internet connection options. At Execulink, we provide our customers with a myriad of service opportunities, including landline phone plans, DSL internet, and security system options.
Benefits to Home Phone Service
While most Canadians are choosing mobile phones over traditional home phone lines, our company offers landline phone plans and bundles. We know that with access to the Internet, VoIP also makes it easy to contact friends and family without a house phone. However, for businesses and homeowners alike, there are still many benefits to installing a home phone line. These include:
- – A basic corded phone lets you make and receive calls even when the power goes.
- – Landline phones (corded phones) don’t require charging.
- – Home phone lines don’t drop calls.
- – A landline phone can be used in tandem with DSL internet.
- – Unlike mobile devices, landline phones can’t be hacked or download a virus.
Mobile phones have become a prominent and lasting part of modern life at home and in business. The combination of a mobile line and home phone still outweigh those of a mobile phone alone if:
- – You have small children at home who may need to be left in the care of a babysitter.
- – You have children who are old enough to be home alone but not old enough for a mobile phone of their own.
- – You have a buzzer for your front door connected to a phone line and don’t want to be bothered with it at work.
- – You receive important calls at home that could be put in jeopardy if the call should drop.
There are many reasons home phones still make the cut for many Canadians. If you’re wondering about home phone services and want to know more about plans and bundles, Execulink can help.
Landlines and DSL for Businesses
The term home phone tends to imply that the system is intended for use in a residential area. However, most businesses still choose to employ the use of both mobile and landline phones alongside DSL for maximum efficiency and productivity.
A landline connected to your business creates an air of permanence for staff and customers. It allows for multiple special tools and interoffice connections that may get lost on a mobile phone alone.
DSL paired with a landline creates the ability to utilize the internet at full capacity with fast download speeds and large bandwidth, while still taking and making calls over your landline connection.
Learn More with Execulink
After all this you might still be wondering, “do I need a landline or not?” For the sole purpose of installing and using high-speed internet, you don’t need a landline phone plan, just the jack used to install the internet. After that, it’s up to you whether you’d like to invest in a home phone package.
Being a local Ontario company with more than 100 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Execulink strives to provide the best customer service at every step. One way we do this is by keeping our customers informed. If you have questions about landline phones, DSL internet, or any of our other services, don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-866-706-2050.