The Difference Between DSL and Cable Internet

DSL or digital subscriber line is the earliest form of internet connection. Many homes have this kind of connection because it is linked to the telephone lines. In other words, since many homes have telephones they also have DSL lines. The secret behind the DSL internet is that it utilizes the extra connection that is being used by the telephone. If you are asking how is that possible here is a simple answer – telephone lines can carry a lot of data than that of a voice call, which is why the companies used it as an internet cable. Today, DSL is not the only wired connection that we have. Now we also have cable internet. This on the other hand works by linking the internet to the cable TV connection. Aside from that, the way they work is very similar and there is not much difference between DSL and cable.

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War of Wired Connections

So far, cable internet and DSL are the only wired connections available other than AT&T’s Uverse. And according to internet users, wired connections are still better compared to wireless because it offers a much more stabilized connection with lesser interferences. That offers a constant speed that we can rely on. But in the recent years the choice of DSL vs Cable has been an all-out war. Although DSL is not really making its moves aside from maintaining its current services, cable internet makes it to a point to increase their speed more and more every day.

Many users are now asking what they should choose between the two options; or in other words, which one is better and what is the difference between DSL and cable. The real answer will always dependent on the user themselves, but here are some factors. DSL is using telephone lines, and generally, these lines are made of copper. Copper is a metal that has high electric resistance, this means that if your area is farther than 18,000 feet from the main office (or the telephone box found in sidewalks) then there is a big chance that you will not have an internet. On top of that, these main offices have a card capacity. So if these ones are full, there will be no place for another user. But copper lines are very stable; they are not prone to signal interferences like cable does. And DSL is very much reliable if you have the basic requirements.

Cable on the other hand, usually uses fiber optics, this is very fast; it can support up to 30 mb per second. But it is also very prone to interference. A bit of lightning will jog the optic, and a lot of noise will make your connection frizzy. On the business side, DSL connection is still the same; cable offers a very tempting deal of being faster than DSL internet in the same price. However, another problem is that cables have usage cap. This is the limit of the amount of date that you can use for a month, like 150 gigabyte per month. To avoid this, the service address should be a business establishment. So if you do not own a business, then you will get cable for a really high price.

As what was stated above, the user’s preference will always be the thing that matters. If they have the money, then go for cable, if they want stability, then go for DSL.