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    DSL or Cable?

    I have comcast cable right now...I have not been extremely happy with it. I did a bandwidth test a couple days ago and I was surfing at slower speeds than 56k dialup.

    What are some pro's and con's to DSL and CABLE?

    Thanks for any replies!
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    I have (Cox) cable and I love it. I average about 3 megabits, but I think my max is ~5 megabits. There are only a few downsides with cable. The upload is slow, and most likely if your cable TV goes out, so does your internet. Now with DSL, you get a pretty even ratio of Upload to Download (at least with Qwest/US West). I had DSL and got about a half meg each way (up and down). DSL is generally sent through your telephone lines, so I'm assuming if your phone goes out, so does your internet.

    edit:: It may have been a busy speed test server, so that might be flawed. But if you notice your browsing is generally slow, then call your company up.
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    I am on Comcast right now too. Not much longer if their "Now 50% faster" doesnt start running at least 56k speeds. It really makes me mad that they raised their rates 3 times last year, and then came out and said 50% faster for no extra charge. I have to unplug my modem and wait before i go on the net or it will not even load. they say its normal. My DSL wasnt very fast but at least it was reliable.
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    Cable has more users per line than dsl, and the more people in your neighborhood using the internet at the same time, the slower you go. DSL is a dedicated connection, and your speeds rarely drop off when the usage is high. granted, you can "borrow" the basic tv service if you have cable internet only, just run a splitter and an extra line to your cable ready tv or vcr. Shhhh, don't tell them! but, free basic isn't worth the slowdowns and security risks associated with cable. not to mention that old cable lines are prone to water damage, so even if your line is new, a line 12 blocks from your house could fail and you loose connection. dsl, being dedicated, means if joe shmoe down the block crashes his pickup into the pole, you won't loose service. majic of fibre optics working here.
    in general, phone systems are very relaible and it would take a serious event for you to loose connection. cable, on the other hand, seems to go out when ever the wind blows or your neighbor's dog ****es on the wrong side of the lawn.
    I had comshaft cable internet for a year, and they sucked. Switched to SBC DSL, and have had 0 problems in 7 months. DSL for me is a lot faster. Not to mention that it is a more secure connection than the cable. I don't know about in your area of MN, but here in S.E. Mich. we have 3 high speed choices (not counting dss), comshaft, wide open *** and sbc dsl. So, there is more reason for the 3 to keep the equipment up and running trouble free, yet the 2 cable providers seem more interested in signing up new customers than they are about keeping them. Of course, having friends that work for sbc is a big help too! I never would have had cable to begin with, but dsl just became available to my house in Dec. 03.
    Good luck

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    home use = cable
    business use = dsl / dedicated access

    cable = great speeds when avail.. when not.. either down or 56k.. lose tv, normally lose internet..

    dsl = consistant speeds... lose dial tone, lose signal.. slower speeds, about half the speeds..

    note, just about all this depends on location and quality of hardware around your area.. some areas have old equip.. so it wont make a difference unless
    you buy both services and test out both for 1 month then make your decision..


    i work for a major telco.. i do level 3 support.. i personally @ home have cable.. our area has new equip and its not congested.. so i got onboard.. i have tried out dsl services and its been rock stable.. however, i wanted more speed, so thats why i am with cable..

    my advise to you.. get both.. then decide which one u want..

    also, the myth of speed provisioning happening @ the modem level with cable services holds true with dsl services also.. everything is shared.. bandwidth is shared across the board..

    so all that mombo jombo about shared bandwidth with cable only is bs.. heck, we even give our bandwidth to some cable companies..

    goodluck

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    you give your bandwidth to the calbe companies because the fcc says you have to.
    nice how a telco builds an expensive network, pumps millions into upkeep, only to be forced to allow use of the lines, equipment, etc. to these fly by night companies that call themselves telecommunications companies. what a load of ****. they make money by buying line use at a reduced rate, mark it up, and don't have to spend 1 dime on up-keep.
    our government hard at work, making it easy for the **** companies to come in, steal customers, and when a problem arises, big daddy has to fix it and pay for it.

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    I've had both, often at the same time. I can tell you that in West Los Angeles, DSL is trash. I've had flaky connections with both DSL and cable, but significantly less with cable. DSL speeds are generally slower. I've never seen an ADSL connection that was full-duplex (had the same speeds up and down). SDSL, often used by businesses, generally is full-duplex, but it costs $$$ because it is rock solid.

    All depends on your area. For me, both suck, but cable sucks less, and at least I consistently get 3.5mbit down (~5mbit spikes) for only $25/month (Comcast). Of course, almost all home broadband solutions have crappy upload rates. I can get 500Kb/s download speed, but have never gone past 45Kb/s upload.

    I DID have those same problems with Comcast for about 3 weeks when the line speed doubled, but after that it's been rock solid. Same IP address for over 2 months now.

    I disagree about DSL being less prone to physical problems such as line outages, although this is in reference to the West Los Angeles area. I can't speak for how other areas have their setups, but here the cable runs over fiber, and the phone lines are mostly running over old cat-3.

    Also, how is cable less secure? I've never heard this before.
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    cable networks (around here anyway) are easier for the hacks to attack.
    cable here is fiber optic to the neighborhood, but depending on how close you are to a box, you may have 1 mile or more of regular cable, as with the dsl, most houses only go about 2-4 blocks copper twisted pair, and then to fiber.

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    I see... West Los Angeles is frustrating. We didn't even have option of cable until about 2 years ago. At that point, they just ran new fiber. Telco is still OLD copper. I remember the first time a DSL guy showed me the local junction box - I almost cried. It hurts these network engineer's eyes to see 4 wire non-twised cable...
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    I have cable - 50 times faster.. wait, 49, 48, 47, 10... It's not really too bad most of the time, they just keep adding users and capping it lower. It's gone from 5000k/1000k down to 3000k/128k now. DSL for me was bad (256k/256k) becuase I was right on the range limit.

    Go to http://www.dslreports.com/ and type in your zipcode. You'll get reviews of what you can get, distance to CO, and some reports of speeds from your area.

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