What is Dialup?

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A dial-up account provides an easy, affordable way for a home user or small business to get connected to the Internet over a regular telephone line.

Dial-up is the process of connecting one computer (usually a home PC, called a "client") to another computer (usually a powerful machine called a "server") in order to allow the first computer (the client) to access the Internet, programs, or information on the second computer (the server). Most dialup connections provide a "point-to-point-protocol," or PPP, connection to the Internet. This connection makes your computer a point on the Internet -- with its own internet protocol (IP) address, and full capability to access a variety of Internet sites.

Should I use a Dial-up internet connection?
A dialup account will typically be used in the following situations:
  • A home user (or family) that wants to get on the Internet for personal e-mail and "surfing the web".
  • A small business that needs some Internet connectivity, but only needs this connectivity for one computer, for less than 12 hours per day.

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