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Cable vs ADSL internet today


Cable and ADSL internet providers have been feuding in an attempt to assert themselves as the industry standard. In an ever expanding market, with so many options for types of internet, let alone providers of internet, it can be difficult to always be ahead of the game in terms of understanding. It is important to always understand fully the concepts which you are comparing before attempting to understand a comparison, to better inform yourself and decide which is the option which suits your needs most thoroughly. Specifically, cable and ADSL can be extraordinarily difficult to differentiate, particularly when viewed solely in terms of the specifications. However, the two technologies are quite different and depending on the needs of the user, one may be a far better fit.

ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, and is a specific type of DSL connection. ADSL functions by permitting larger amounts of information to pass through the copper telephone lines by using particular filters. This also enables ADSL to boast higher speeds and better connectivity than traditional modem lines. ADSL differs from SDSL (Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line) by providing higher download speeds than upload speeds (hence, asymmetric.) In layman’s terms, this allows users to access information more quickly online and costs the provider less in terms of necessary servers. Essentially, ADSL runs using the same technology, and framework, as standard telephones do. The signals are exchanged at a different frequency, as to allow phone calls to be connected even while connected to the internet. Though the speeds boasted are not exceedingly incomprehensible, most users will never flinch at the load times. ADSL is an easy option to implement, as it ports old technology, namely telephone wiring, into a new space.

Cable internet, on the other hand, uses not the existing framework of telephone wiring but of television cable wiring. This may seem to be a trivial difference to some, compared with the DSL networks, however the technological shift provides some major differences. Essentially, the user connects a modem which is linked to another modem from the provider – these filters permit the use of the pre-existing cable framework to connect online. In general, cable internet connections have the capacity to provide far greater speeds, however, with cable internet companies often throttle usage with shared bandwidth. Essentially, the speed of the internet is divided up between a number of residences of a community: the result being that the cable connection is indifferentiable in speed with the ADSL connection.

In the most basic of analyses, ADSL and Cable Internet complete the same job – they will get you online. Typically providers of each tend to bundle their services – DSL internet with phone, and Cable Internet with television. Every company offers different plans, price points and speeds for each individual in their network. The differences in technology do not inherently ensure one to be a better choice in all circumstances, but based on your home needs one will typically rule out. If you use cable service, but not phone service, it could be quite worthwhile to go with the cable internet. If you wish to save some money, and have no need for the added speed, ADSL may be a better option. It is important to understand that each technology exists, and operates in a slightly different manner, in order to make an informed decision when making the choice.