Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Loop ( http://www.adsl.com )
An asymmetric digital subscriber loop offers a high-speed connection to the Internet (see DSL ). ADSL is used for transferring data where the bandwidth available for a downstream connection is significantly larger than for an upstream connection. For example, if you have a big, fast server on one end and smaller client machines on the other end, ADSL will provide the clients a faster download but a slower upload. This works really well for Internet browsing or client-server computing. The transfer rate for ADSL depends on the length and quality of the line connecting the client machine to the telephone company (the farther away you are from the hub, the slower your transfer rate will be).