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Old 06-18-2002, 03:14   #1 (permalink)
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Is ISDN internet anygood

Is it any good and what exactly is it i live just out of melbourne so i cant get cable but the info Telstra sent me isent that informertive.
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Im not too sure about ISDN but from what i have heard, adsl is just as fast, if not faster. Check out your adsl options. I just got mine hooked up and its pretty fast, and you can use the phone line at the same time.
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Old 06-18-2002, 03:21   #3 (permalink)
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I have the telstra ISDN on ramp home highway, and am very happy with. Cany get cablesatellite or ADSL, the ping on ISDN is as good as ADSL, just the throughput not quite the same, but you can multilink to get a 128k link....sweet for downloads, but you pay $0.60 for the connection to bigpond...
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To answer your "What is it?" question... The simplest way to descrive it is that ISDN is a digital version of the Public Switched Telephone Network (analogue phone system that your home phoen is plugged into). Every ISDN line has its own phone number and the terminal adapter (like a modem but it doesn't modulate and demodulate since the line is digital) simply calls another ISDN line to establish the call. You can even get ISDN phones. It stands for Integrated Services Digital Network.

I personally wouldn't use ISDN. Looking at Telstra's web page for OnRamp pricing it seems too expensive for what you get.

http://www.telstra.com.au/onramp/pricing.htm

I'd go with either ADSL or Cable (or BroadBand or whatever they call it nowadays...), but if you can't that that in your area then ISDN might be the way to go. Or maybe Satellite access. It's like Cable but without the... cable!

One good thing about ISDN is that if you have a friend who also has ISDN you can call them and connect directly to each other, bypassing the Internet. Good for stuff like LAN games where you need an opponent but don't need net access.

But then again, I'm a tight bugger and I dial into work for my net access... hehehehehehe
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