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Pulse vs. Tone

Pulse vs. Tone

If you use a dial-up Internet connection, you may have come across the dialing choices of pulse and tone. Do you know what the difference is between them? If you don’t, you’re not the only one, because I’ve had a few people e-mail me about this very subject just recently. Let’s go over it a little bit and hopefully you’ll understand it better by the end.

Basically, both the pulse and tone dialing have to do with the type of phone you have. Who knew?! Pulse dialing is used if you have a rotary phone (an older dial wheel style of phone). If you have a rotary phone, your dial modifier will automatically set your dialing method to pulse when you’re setting up your connection. When you’re connecting to the Internet, you will hear a series of pulses as your computer dials the number to your ISP.

On the other hand, tone dialing is used if you have a touch tone phone. Tone dialing is a more reliable and faster way of connecting to the Internet, but both will work. Also, keep in mind that if you do have a rotary phone, you can still use the tone dialing method with your computer. If you would like to change from Pulse to Tone, go to the window you use to connect to the Internet and check the box that says Tone and uncheck the one that says Pulse.

~ Erin