Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)

ADSL is a communication system that transfers both analog and digital information on a copper wire pair. The analog information can be a standard POTS or ISDN signal. The maximum downstream digital transmission rate (data rate to the end user) can vary from 1.5 Mbps to 9 Mbps downstream and the maximum upstream digital transmission rate (from the customer to the network) varies from 16 kbps to approximately 800 kbps (higher is some instances). Since most users download much more data than they upload, this difference usually does not make a noticeable impact on Internet access speeds. However, for Web servers or other computers that send a lot of data upstream, ADSL would be an inefficient solution. The data transmission rate varies depending on distance, line distortion and settings from the ADSL service provider.