Know your DSL Broadband Terms

Today we will be schooling ourselves with the most common DSL Broadband definitions. The world of broadband internet is used in various daily operations, yet often overlooked with terms that some people are not yet familiar with. There are a number of items to know in order to better understand the whole idea of Broadband Internet. We aim to familiarize ourselves with these terms to better understand our whole system of connections and eliminate any other terms we don’t understand yet.

A Litany of DSL terms and their definitions
DSL – or Digital Subscriber Line, which is a type form of technology that provides internet access through phone line networks

ADSL – Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, the most common form of Broadband internet access
ISDN – a precursor to DSL, in which voice, video and data are transmitted and received via the PSTN or Public switched telephony network
PSTN – or Public Switched Telephone Network, the mostly pre-existing phone line connection network used for DSL
Modem – is the device that carries analog signals and encodes it to digital for the computer to decode, allowing flow of data
Filter – separates the transmission of data and voice to the appropriate receivers; one to the modem and one to the home phone line

Local Loop – the physical connection (actual phone line) from the customer’s premises to the DSLAM end of the provider
Bandwidth – is the total capacity of the rate of data transfer. The range is from 128 kbps up to a maximum of 9 to 10 Mbps, or higher

Speed – refers to the rate of data transfer for downloads and uploads which is at the rate of up to 3Mbps and then 384 Kbps, respectively. Other companies offer higher speeds that reach up to 15 Mbps
DSLAM – the Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer is an internet network device that connects several DSL internet connections to a main connection provided by the ISP
DHCP – or Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol is a networking system used by the ISP servers to assign IP Addresses to computers, which enables data transfer

ISP – an Internet Service Provider, or the company where the service is sourced or originates from and also regulates data transfer

IP Address – the Internet Protocol Address is a assigned numerical address number assigned to a computer that denotes where the computer is located on the network
Naked DSL – standalone DSL; this type of connection does not include the voice component for the home phone line

Is Facebook acquiring drone merchants Titan?

Facebook is reportedly in negotiations with Titan Aerospace to purchase the company, with aims to deliver the internet everywhere around the globe. Tech news sites Techcrunch and CNBC has sources reporting the deal to be in the neighborhood of $US 60 million (approximately $67 million).
However both parties have no official confirmation yet. Facebook spokesman Tucker Bonds said it is company policy to not comment on hearsay regarding matters such as this. Titan Aerospace also ignored any requests for comments.

Facebook’s efforts for worldwide internet
Previously, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg initiated a project named that was created to link together more than 5 billion of the world’s 7 billion population, online. Theoretically, Titan’s solar powered drone satellites, which aren’t out and still in development, can possibly be used as wireless access points by Facebook. These drones reportedly last up to 5 years in the atmosphere, and have an array of functions, which include voice and data communications, among others, highly likely to be what the company plans to use.

Ongoing developments in the sky
At the last Mobile World Congress meeting, Zuckerberg stressed that internet connectivity is not his priority, as majority of the world’s population already have either 2G or 3G wireless connections. He instead pointed out people’s necessity for using the service for financial, healthcare information and educational needs.

Just last year, Facebook acquired app developer Onavo, in order to further their drive for better mobiles and worldwide internet connectivity. At the same time, Google launched a similar program last year called Project Loon, which made use of internet antennas on huge helium balloons. It was intended to get the whole world online, but the project has no ties with

Surveillance through Smartphones

Covert mobile software tracks and monitors
Be afraid, be very afraid. You can now track and spy anyone (or be tracked and spied on) via smartphones. For many a paranoid spouse or mom or a suspecting employer, it is now possible to keep tabs on anyone you’ve given a preloaded smartphone to, or have installed the app on, and have your piece of mind (or your suspicions) solved., a smartphone monitoring software company, has made this possible with a recent store opening in New York City offering this service. It’s also available online for your convenience, and for an additional cost, you get to pique your close guarded surveillance wishes.

That’s a good Idea
Apparently, the spying software all started as an idea between two friends in a bar in 2008, when they talked about one dishonest company accountant who provided business information to a rival company for years. Inspired by corporate crime and dishonesty, and how it can be foiled from the get go, the originators resolved to making the software to track and monitor incoming and outgoing activities. Development started in 2009 and in 2011, was launched.

This software runs on invisible mode to remote-monitor and track all activities from a secure online account. All the things that make for a complete monitoring and tracking system on the hapless and unsuspecting subject include Call Monitoring (includes logs, recordings, blocking calls), Text Message Tracking, Email Access, GPS Locator, Internet Use Monitor, Calendar and Address book access, Record Instant Message Activities, Record Surroundings, Control Apps and Programs in use, Access and View all Multimedia files, Remote Access plus report generation and 24/7 customer support.

What You Need to Know
Testimonials on the site praise it for its inconspicuous and effective operations. “Peter F.” wrote:
“We use mSPY to track work cell phone usage of our staff without them thinking their privacy is invaded. Your mobile tracker saves us time and money.”

The service is at $39.99 a month, or get a preloaded smartphone with 4 available models and total minimum costs each: Nexus 5 ($649.99), iPhone 5S ($879.00), HTC One ($749.99) or a Galaxy S4 ($799.99). There are a few minor fine print reminders on the site for specific and detailed information.

The service is available for almost all types of smartphones, android phones and even a few tablets and combo QWERTY-styled droid phones as well. The unit to be used must be accessed physically for installation and must already be jailbroken.

The good and bad side of mobile broadband

Does mobile always mean good?
When discussing mobile broadband, we can’t help but weigh our options and think of the pros and cons of the technology. Are we better off just using a stationary connection that is more reliable, has different uses and has a better platform (e.g. personal computer, mac)? Does mobile broadband actually serve its purpose of being on the go and still being connected? If we are to understand this technology, we must look at all of its features and also, limitations.

Your mobile broadband in the spotlight
Mobile broadband connectivity and speed rely on the signal strength from the ISP or Internet Service Provider, so area and conditions are key things. The number of users in the network, weather conditions and interferences from other communication devices will definitely affect your speed. We already have 3G (third generation) and 4G (fourth generation) speeds now available, which can operate to speeds up to 7.2MB and 8 to 12 MB respectively. This is perfect for today’s professionals and the more tech-savvy users who rely on their connections for on the spot easy access everywhere. And there is no need for a landline.

But in most cases the speed is only theoretically speaking, as it is the maximum ceiling speed only and can be accessed with the most optimal conditions. By far, it sounds like more like a promise than an actual statistic. Most users never reach that speed on a very consistent basis, and 4G is not yet available in all areas and providers. A well set up computer that has an Ethernet or cable connection (with optimal settings of course) may not provide the level of convenience and mobility, but can do just as well, even faster and more reliable in most instances.

There is also the issue of data limits, as most mobile broadband deals have a set limit for data, anything beyond it warrants extra data charges, unless you take on the most expensive deal for unlimited data. Speaking of which, this also adds to the issue of affordability as well, as mobile broadband deals are expensive.

Take the good with the bad
Mobile Internet access come with its own set of good and bad, and depend on many factors. The convenience and wireless mobility that it offers is very beneficial to our busy daily lives. However connectivity and data limit issues can adversely affect its overall use. There will always be limitations, and some functions and programs maybe be better experienced elsewhere.

No Apple TV said Steve Jobs

Tech Mogul refused to do one before he passed
Steve Jobs clearly didn’t want Apple to produce TV’s. According to a recent biography, Jobs replied about the possibility of an Apple TV, “No. TV is a terrible business. They don’t turn over and the margins suck.” Three years onward and Apple has yet to reveal anything remotely close to an Apple TV, opting to focus on higher grossing markets. This is despite persistent rumors and reports regarding a delayed Apple HDTV still in plans poised for a 2015 release date.

The Apple TV box – is this what you’re looking for?
In the Jobs biography Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs by author Yukari Iwatani Kane, the former CEO already rejected the idea. But news of an Apple TV in the wake of Jobs’ reluctance and decision not to do one will confuse consumers and business partners alike.

To make things clear, reports were apparently referring to a new set top television box which would still be the same, and connected to an actual TV, and is currently being developed by the company together with Time Warner Cable and other companies. It would be the next step from the third generation version.

The actual “Apple TV” we have right now is a plug-in, set-top-box with 1080 HD resolution that can be integrated with a Mac or any iOS device. Think of it as the next evolutionary step of cable TV plug-ins, but digital and with more capabilities and sources, for photos, music and videos, including streaming web content, iTunes and all connected digital media on the local network.

Jobs previously explained in 2011, “I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use… It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud… It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.”

An Apple TV in the works despite none
Despite Jobs’ adamant words regarding any production, Apple is reportedly still pursuing this but has been delayed due to content deals and other factors. It might push through in the near future, as early as 2015. While on the backburner, Apple might meanwhile focus on wearable gadgets, such as the announcement of a smartwatch for this year.

As for the new set-top-box, set for an April 2014 release date, it promises a faster processor and a new interface. CEO Tim Cook was optimistic and had a “grand vision” for the product. “If we kept pulling at the string, that we might find something that was larger.”

The Battle between Mobile Broadband and Cable

Two Different Styles, One Fast Service
Mobile Broadband and Cable are fighting for the title of “Which Broadband Internet Format is Better?” Today we square off in the name of high speed internet – on one corner, with fast, on-the-go connections, is Mobile Broadband. In the other corner, the other competitor format with a more reliable and faster but stationary connection, Cable.

With both having their own exclusive features and limitations, this is going to be a battle fought in the wire connections out there and the computers and devices carrying them.

The Tale of the Tape: Big Differences
Cable utilises cable TV connections for data transfers. Customers who already have existing Cable TV and are in the network of the coverage area are easily connected. They receive high-speed internet over specialised coaxial cables that serve up to 30Mbps of bandwidth. Whenever bundled, it always comes with a Cable TV subscription and special deals and discounts. Does this sound like a knockout? You bet it is.

But Cable does have its limits. It is a stationary connection and will only be mainly for use with computers. But this weakness might be bypassed when using and linking to a Wi-Fi modem/router that can connect to your cable connection, but will only be for a specific coverage area only. The speed and bandwidth might also be limited in a way when the network is dense with other users. A data cap or limit might be imposed if applicable by the ISP or Internet Service Provider.

On the other hand, Mobile Broadband has a few more features that might one-up Cable: it is mobile and wireless. Speed and bandwidth are competitive but is only second to Cable, as it only reaches maximum speeds of up to 5.8Mbps for its fastest format, 4G, or Fourth Generation. It comes in a built-in format that serves only one device or computer; or via a USB stick format that can be transferred to other devices and connections and is equally portable. Either way, it is fast and on the go.

The Winners, By Unanimous Decision
Both opponents have power and speed covered; with Cable being much faster, but prone to limits, Mobile Broadband’s mobility and being wireless might be key assets here. Both have equal footing and balance when discussing key strengths and exclusive features but the bottomline is: both will win a unanimous decision depending on each customer’s individual preferences and which fits them to a T. The never ending broadband battle rages on.


Engin hit Mobile Broadband Market with 3G Power Router Modem

Engin, Australia’s leading VoIP provider, recently expanded their product offering to include Mobile Broadband.

The Mobile Broadband market has previously been considered to be a very competitive area for ISP’s, however Engin have jumped in with some great value plans available on 6 month contracts plus the latest and greatest 4G hardware. Consumers can snatch up the latest Pendo 3G Power Router Modem, which allows a handful of users to connect at the one time sharing the same Broadband connection. We took a closer look at a few devices and where you can get your hands on one!

One of the most important parts of the mobile broadband equation is battery life: how long can you browse until you’re dead and scrambling for power? The good news is that manufacturers have taken the time to improve this area of their hardware and you can now access your broadband connection for approximately four hours (with two devices connected) before needing to recharge.

The prices for these devices are very competitive. Engin currently offer a Pendo USB Modem and Power Router Combo for just $35 with any of their Mobile Broadband plans which start from as little as $10 per month for 1GB or, for the heavy user, 15GB for $55 per month. All Engin Mobile Broadband Plans are available on a 6 month contract.

To view Engin’s range of great value Mobile Broadband plans with Power Router Hardware options visit