What is an ISP? Internet Service Providers, Explained
- ISP is an acronym for Internet Service Provider.
- In addition to receiving an Internet connection from an ISP, you can also access an email account and web hosting services.
- ISPs can come in many forms, such as dial-up access, broadband (also known as broadband), and DSL.
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If you are reading this article, you can thank an internet provider.
What is an ISP?
Internet service providers, or ISPs, are companies or organizations that provide you with access to the Internet.
ISPs can also offer other options, like web hosting and email services, and they can range from giant telecom companies to small nonprofits.
When you connect to your ISP, you join their network to access the Internet, whether through a browser, streaming platform, or an app on your phone. ISPs are also interconnected and you can connect to many networks when you access different sites.
Some of the most prominent Internet service providers include:
ISPs can provide both Wi-Fi and Ethernet
Wi-Fi is a wireless Internet connection accessed through a router, while Ethernet requires a physical wire (called an Ethernet cable) that connects your modem to your computer, TV, or video game console.
You can have an ISP that works with both. To be able to do this, you just need a router that also has an Ethernet port. ISPs that allow both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections do so through what is called a “mixed network”.
Using an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi can also help speed up your internet access.