The download speed on a DSL connection is typically much faster than the upload speed, meaning users receive more data than they send. DSL download speeds can reach up to 9Mbit/second while upload speeds top out at 640Kbit/second.
WiFi, or wireless fidelity, refers to a local area network, or LAN, that uses radio waves to send data a short distance, up to 1,000 feet. The term WiFi is a trademark of the WiFi Alliance and is only used to describe wireless networks that meet IEEE 822.11 standards.
DSL and WiFi
You can have a DSL connection and a WiFi connection at the same time. WiFi can also be used with fiber optic or cable connections. The wireless router is connected to the DSL modem using an Ethernet cable.
I just looked up the one hotel I considered to stay, it says "Free Internet access in your room over DSL".
Is DSL the same as WiFi?
Thanks in advance.
If you have a tablet or a phone it's not possible to connect to DSL.
DSL is the transmission standard as explained above. You need a device with a LAN connector.
For wireless service a WiFi router must be connected to the DSL net.
You should ask the hotel if they have LAN or WLAN available. Lots of hotels have "only" LAN available because it's easier to control the access to the hotels net.
But you need WLAN for easy use with mobile devices.
Just a quick update: I'm back from my visit in Germany and Switzerland, it was wonderful!
The cell phone / tablet options were quite a challenge. But I also learned a lot.
Signing up for International calling with T-Mobile does NOT work, unless someone is already a customer with T-Mobile for at least 90 days! So, this option was out the window in my case.
I ended up buying a Samsung Galaxy cell phone in Basel/Switzerland for 150 Swiss Franc. Unlocked. The European Version.
Which means it will work with European SIM Cards. I got a SIM card from Lebara Mobile through a relative as it requires registration of the this SIM card (name, address in Germany or Switzerland are required). The phone calls to USA and within Germany are very reasonable, 3 cents/min to a landline or mobile in the USA.
This phone will probably not work in the USA. But I will keep it for my next visit in Europe.
We still have our American version Samsung which is locked, unfortunately, with a contract through Tracfone. We will probably keep it as we do not use cell phones to often anyway.