Throwback Thursday - The Dial Up Internet Connection and the Patience Needed to Deal With It

September 29, 2016

Throwback Thursday

By Aimee

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Dial-up Internet access is a form of Internet access that uses the facilities of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to establish a connection to an Internet service provider (ISP) by dialing a telephone number on a conventional telephone line. The user's computer or router uses an attached modem to encode and decode information into and from audio frequency signals, respectively.

Dial-up Internet has been around since the 1980s via public providers such as NSFNET-linked universities and was first offered commercially in July 1992 by Sprint. Despite losing ground to broadband since the mid-2000s, dial-up may still be used where other forms are not available or the cost is too high, such as in some rural or remote areas.

Kids today will never know...

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  • The frustrating feeling of not being able to browse the internet anytime and anywhere we wanted to

  • The patience one needs to muster while the dial tone connects to the ISP

  • The even more frustating feeling of suddenly being disconnected because someone decided to use the telephone without checking if someone is connected to the internet

  • The fights that ensue within the household in the name of internet or telephone usage

  • The weird excitement one feels when school's out and you race home to use the internet

Oh, the good ole days.

 


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Source: Wikipedia

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