These days, it is not really a huge secret that broadband Internet has passed up dial-up service in terms of subscribers. Heck, just looking back at my old PC repair clients, I can think of about 15 of them right off the top of my head that have switched just in the past 2 years.

As we examined in the GnomeREPORT above, dial-up is often the only real choice for the home user not wishing to drop a large sum up front for Internet access. Please understand though, business owners and telecommuters should consider satellite as an option where DSL and cable is not available. But today’s article is not about them. No, it is about making the best of a bad situation. Yup, today we tackle the problem of slow, slow dial-up and the home user. We will look straight into the available options and see what is truly the best out there…

First off, Juno and NetZero do offer their acceleration service(s) for their customers. And even though their commercials are misleading to the point of needing a microscope to read the fine print, they are certainly one alternative if that is the sort of business practice you wish to support.

Speaking for myself, I am much more inclined to introduce a client to the likes of Propel Software Web Acceleration. Now, I am not going to claim that they can make download speeds increase. That would be foolish and completly false. But what if I told you that gaining a real increase in page load times with no ‘hardcore graphic compression’ was in your reach? Ah, that changes things some. The best part is that you can use whomever you wish for an ISP. That’s correct, you are not bound to switching ISPs.

But seriously though, just how good is Propel Accelerator? Well let’s just say that even your first visit to a new Website is noticeably loading faster even before the caching takes place! How’s that for impressive?

OK, now for my fine print: I mentioned that with Propel you don’t have to compress the images/graphics to reap the benefits. This true. Having said that, it does offer this ability to compress them if you like and as expected, it does make an even bigger speed difference. Just wanted to be crystal clear on that note.

Is it worth it? Yes, for the home user I think it can be. Being you are in control of your settings during your surfing experience, I think that it’s totally worth a shot. Understand though, this is hardly broadband. So you will not be able to go pulling down large podcast OPML or anything like that. Besides that sort of bandwidth shortcoming and the fact that you will be paying a fee for the service, I say go for it!

[tags]broadband,dial-up,web acceleration[/tags]