ADSL vs Wireless, who will win?

Choosing an Internet Service Provider can be difficult enough, but now you are faced with choosing between ADSL vs Wireless too? Don’t throw in the towel just yet, as for this weeks post we will be taking a closer look at ADSL vs Wireless, and how they differ from one another.

What is ADSL?


ADSL vs Wireless


Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL), is technology for high-speed Internet access. By making use of the existing copper telephone lines (for sending and receiving data) you are able to surf the web whilst allowing you to talk on the phone simultaneously. This type of Internet connection is well-suited for moderate gaming, computer-aided design, streaming multimedia, and downloading large files.

What is Wireless Internet?


ADSL vs Wireless

Wireless Internet is the “type” of Internet access that makes use of radio waves, as opposed to using wires to gain access to the web. Wireless Internet is widely used in cafes, airports and other public buildings. You may also make use of Wi-fi routers to distribute your wireless signal over certain areas, like your home or restaurant. Nearly half of the Internet users in South Africa make use of this form of internet, as they prefer not to have the hassle of wiring in their homes and businesses.

The advantages of having a wireless and ADSL connection.




Simultaneous use – Can use a telephone and Internet simultaneously.

Mobility – users can access the internet even outside their normal work environment

Always on connection – With ADSL there is no need to connect or reconnect, you are always online.

Expandability – New users may easily be included in a wireless network. Whereas with an ADSL network additional wiring would be needed.

Set monthly rates -There are no phone charges for using an ADSL connection.

Cost – The cost to install a wireless network is cheaper than wired network.

The disadvantages of having a wireless and ADSL connection.




Distance  – The further the distance from the telephone exchange, the weaker the signal strength.

Slower connection – Wireless internet speeds are slower than ADSL.

Slower connection at peak times – ADSL is also affected by how many other people are using your line in a certain area.

Affected by surroundings – Direct line of sight is needed to establish an internet connection.

Asymmetrical connection – Upload speeds are far less than the download speeds.

Less secure –  Risk of ‘outsiders’ accessing your network unless  security protocols are enabled (eg WPA, WPA2)

The choice is yours!


Each connection type may have their individual set of benefits, however some connections are simply better suited than others. ADSL offers a much stabler connection than Wireless in some cases, but ADSL is not available everywhere, so wireless would be your alternative.

In some cases you may even prefer to have wireless, but do not have direct line of sight, which then steers you in the direction of ADSL.

For more information on the different ways to connect, or if you wish to take a look at our packages visit or give us a call on 021 880 2228.

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