Decisions, Decisions: DSL or Cable?

April 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Millions of people worldwide connect to the Internet daily.  Most Internet users know the type of connection they have, few know the pros and cons.  How do you choose what is best for you and your family?

DSL or Digital Subscriber Line provides Internet service through telephone lines, sharing the lines with a phone company. Brought into a neighborhood by router-like access, DSL speed can vary depending on the service to which you have subscribed (the speed) and the distance the signal has to travel.  A person who lives closer to the access point, generally experiences a higher speed connection than a neighbor who lives near the outer limit of the DSL reach.

Cable broadband offers Internet access over the same cable lines that bring television to your house and does not fluctuate in speed according to distance.  Cable technology varies depending on the bandwidth assigned.  Bandwidth describes the amount of information that can be transferred at one time.  Therefore cable customers may experience a slow signal during peak times (generally evening) or on heavily trafficked sites.

Some users argue that you always get a faster speed with cable.  However, DSL has advantages with a dedicated line so you should experience a more constant and reliable Internet connection.