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Tech Talk: DSL Quiz
by Staff
Consumers have a couple of options for high-speed Internet access. Digital subscriber lines (DSL) are one of them. Test your DSL knowledge in our quiz!

What kind of cables connect DSL modems to the Internet?

  • Regular telephone cables
  • A coaxial cable
  • USB cables

What is the main drawback for ADSL modems?

  • You can't use a telephone while you use the modem.
  • DSL modems require extensive rewiring.
  • The farther you are from the local switching office, the slower your connection will be.

What is an asymmetric DSL line?

  • A fiber-optic cable that carries DSL signals to and from a service provider.
  • A DSL line that provides more bandwidth for downloading information than for uploading data.
  • A cable that is almost, but not quite, long enough to reach from your wall to your computer.

What is the official standard for ADSL called?

  • Discrete multitone (DMT)
  • Carrierless amplitude/phase (CAP)
  • Digital signal amplitude (DSA)

What is the name of the device you connect to regular phone outlets that blocks ADSL signals?

  • Signal modulator
  • Low-pass filter
  • Polarity inverter

What is a DSL Access Multiplexer (DSLAM)?

  • A router
  • A custom-made roller coaster at the Googleplex
  • A device a service provider uses to collect incoming DSL signals

What is the distance limit for ADSL service?

  • 9,000 feet
  • 18,000 feet
  • 21,000 feet

How many frequency bands are in a CAP DSL system?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 5

What's another name for a DSL modem?

  • Digital Internet tuner
  • Network hub
  • Transceiver

There are two kinds of cables commonly used to connect a DSL modem to a computer. One is a USB cable. What's the other?

  • Ethernet cables
  • Coaxial cables
  • Firewire cables