Dry Loop Internet: Everything You Need to Know

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The Internet is changing the way we work and live. Yet, the technology being used to provide us with Internet is constantly evolving. Nowadays we have options to get the connection we desire on our own terms (what exciting times we live in!)

For some households, home phones aren’t a necessity and mobile phones are becoming a convenient substitute. This is where dry loop Internet comes in – a technology that allows you to have DSL Internet without an active home phone service.

The original concept behind DSL was to use existing telephone lines for high-speed Internet, with DSL and telephone services coexisting on the same phone line. However, increasingly customers may require only the Internet service and see no need for the traditional phone service.

Since 2003, the Canadian Radio and Television Communication (CRTC) organization ruled that dry loop DSL service can be made available in Canada allowing more Canadians to choose their ideal connection. At Execulink Telecom, we want to provide our customers with the latest technology and simplify their options for an Internet connection that works for their budget and lifestyle. In this blog, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about dry loop Internet to help you determine if it is the right option for you.

What is Dry Loop Internet Versus Wet Loop Internet

A “dry loop” also known as dry pair, local loop, or naked loop is a telephone landline without an active telephone service. This means telephone calls cannot be made or received on this line and there is no telephone number associated. So, don’t try to call your best friend on this phone because you’ll be disappointed! Instead, the dry loop uses the telephone landline to deliver high-speed Internet access to your home or business.

A wet loop on the other hand is slightly different from a dry loop. Although, it’s important to note that both have the purpose of bringing the Internet signal to your home, the term wet comes from the fact that the battery used to sustain the loop comes from wet cells (without a dial tone). Meanwhile dry loop does not provide dial tone or use battery. Wet loop and dry loop also have the exact same quality and speed of service.

When is a Dry Loop Required?

A dry loop line is required to provide DSL Internet service for a few reasons:

  • You don’t have an active phone service.
  • You use voice over IP (VoIP) phone service.
  • You use phone service that is provided by a cable carrier (it uses your cable line instead of your phone line to give you Internet)

If any of these apply and you are considering DSL Internet – then dry loop may be your best option.

Benefits of Dry Loop DSL Internet

A general benefit is that your DSL is yours only! You don’t need to share your landline with neighbours or anybody else, thus connection consistency and speeds are more likely to be as effective as the telecommunication company advises they will be. DSL is also considered to be very reliable, although this also depends on the Internet service provider you go with.

Since dry loop offers people the opportunity to have Internet without a corresponding telephone service, this can result in cost-savings. Instead of having to pay fees for telephone services and Internet, most people can simply replace their home phone with their mobile phone and purchase only DSL service from their Internet provider.

If you want to run Internet over your landline, then the owner of the landline such as companies like Bell or TELUS will likely charge the ISP a dry loop fee to maintain the line. Some companies will include the dry loop fee in the cost of Internet while others will add the dry loop fee on top of your Internet costs.  Although, the reason dry loop is beneficial is because this cost will likely still be significantly less than paying for additional home phone service.

Speed Up Your Internet Connection with Execulink

All your favourite online activities require a powerful Internet connection that you can count on. Dry loop DSL Internet is one way you may be able to get cost-savings or flexibility for your Internet connection. If you don’t need an active phone line, would rather use VoIP phone service, or use phone service that is provided by a cable carrier, then a dry loop Internet connection may be the right option for you.

With 24/7 support and a wide range of Internet options to suit every lifestyle, at Execulink have the awesome services your home or business needs to stay connected to what matters the most! Whether you’re looking for faster Internet speed options for streaming and gaming, or basic packages for surfing the Internet, we have the services you and your family deserve. Call us at 1-866-706-1942 today or visit our Internet page to find the Internet package you’ve been looking for!

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