This may seem like a strange questions as 4G and ADSL2 are very different entities; the former being a mobile Internet connection provision and the latter being for home broadband. But if your main reason for going online is to email and go on social media you may be thinking that you only need access to 4G even at home.
In order to assess whether ADSL2 or 4G is faster it’s important to know what they can both offer to you. It’s not just a case of basic speed.
What does ADSL2 offer?
ADSL2 is made to work approximately twice as fast as ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line) with theoretical speeds of up to 3.5 Mb/s for upload and 24Mb/s for download. This uneven speed works well for most how users who require faster download speeds than they do upload speeds
ADSL also permits the use of two phone lines which are known as bonded lines and can be used to boost the speed of the signal.
Speeds for ADSL2 are still very much relianton how close you are to the telephone exchange; the closer you are the better the signal you will get. Itfollows that if you live further away you will not get speeds which are as fast as those living closer. Speeds also vary depending on the provider you use, although most operators will offer double the download speed of ADSL and possibly faster uploading. Don’t forget to read about iiNets upcoming NBN rollout in Canberra, find out how it will affect you.
What does 4G offer?
The fourth generation of wireless, or 4G as it is called, is obviously designed to use with mobile technology such as cell phones. It provides faster connection speeds than the previous 3G technology. In addition users have access to HD video and better voice quality.
4G provides a peak speed of 100Mbp/s for those users who are highly mobile, in that they are actually travelling, and 1Gbp/s for those users who are static.
With the introduction of 4G came greater flexibility of use and connectivity for users who could potentially seamlessly access different networks. In some of the more rural area that don’t have high speed broadband capability 4G provides the only chance of high speed Internet access.
So which is better for speed?
It’s not as simple as pure speed when you are looking at a comparison between 4G and ADSL2, although 4G has been shown to have higher download speeds on many occasions, and higher upload speeds most often. The problem with 4G is that it’s mobile device based so isn’t ideal for intense Internet use.
There can also be a tendency for 4G signals to not be available in all parts of the country, although that can also apply to ADSL. If you merely want to access the Internet to use email or social media, and you are happy to access via a mobile device, then it may be a good option to just have 4G. But ADSL2 is the best option for heavy Internet use on a computer.