Definitions for "Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line"
Keywords:  adsl, downstream, upstream, xdsl, mbps
ADSL is a new telephone line technology that allows high bandwidth data connections to be made over existing copper pair telephone lines, typically 40 times faster than current modem technologies. ATM
A method for moving data over regular phone lines. An ADSL circuit is much faster than a regular phone connection, and the wires coming into the subscriber’s premises are the same wires used for regular phone service. An ADSL circuit must be configured to connect two specific locations, similar to a leased line. A commonly discussed configuration of ADSL would allow a subscriber to receive data at speeds of up to 1.544 megabits per second,and to send data at speeds of 128 kilobits per second.
A high-speed technology that allows large volumes of data to be sent over a telephone line. ADSL allows data rates of 1.5 to 9 Mbps when receiving data and from 16 to 640 Kbps when sending data.