dial-up


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Wikipedia.
Related to dial-up: ISDN, VSAT, Dial-up networking

dial-up

[′dīl ‚əp]
(communications)
The service whereby a dial telephone can be used to initiate and effect station-to-station telephone calls.
In computer networks, pertaining to terminals which must dial up to receive service, as contrasted with those hand-wired or permanently connected into the network.

dial-up

(1) To phone someone. See rotary dial.

(2) Using the switched telephone network to send data from a computer to a remote device. Using a modem, the computer's digital data are converted to analog signals in the same frequency range as human voice. At the other end, another modem converts the analog back to digital. For home users, dial-up was the first Internet access service available. It was followed by ISDN, cable and DSL. See modem and dial-up network.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Preferred dial-up number recommendations that automatically suggest the closest access numbers to a member's location; for members who use high-speed Internet connections, AOL will detect their broadband connection, eliminating extra set-up steps.
DIAL-UP vs BROADBAND: The study also found that narrowband users are at particular risk from viruses and spyware, perhaps because their use of a firewall is dramatically lower:
Post hopes eventually to eliminate all departmental dial-up modems.
The PLC was supposed to supervise the communication, the dial-up and the downloading of data, and send the output signals to the chart recorder.
It's Internet on steroids," states Matanuska Telephone Association's Chris Holmes, of the access speeds that are 20 times (or more) faster than the normal 56K modem dial-ups.
Pragmatism dictates that bandwidth-intensive applications (such as downloading, faxing, scanning, or sophisticated multimedia applications) are beyond the reach of dial-up users, regardless of whether they use a first-generation VPN or other dial-up means.
The dial-up option is only one of several access options provided by Wired Environments.
cities could maintain a relatively inexpensive dial-up Internet access account in the United States that would allow him to make calls back to Europe at a fraction of the usual cost.
Also, selected servers can be rebooted from remote locations on the LAN or through remote dial-up, thus eliminating the need for an onsite visit.
WiFi allows users of laptop and hand-held computer devices to access the internet in public places at speeds much quicker than traditional dial-up connections and without any cable attachments or adaptors.
BSNL has its presence of dial-up Internet in 262 major cities and 1735 towns with tremendous increase in locations across India during the year 2006.
Their old dial-up system has now been replaced by a secure virtual private network supporting a whole array of diagnostic equipment, such as an electronic stethoscope, X-rays, ultrasound and CAT scans, as well as offering sharper imaging and voice, delivered in real time.