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Old 07-18-2008, 01:43 PM
 
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Which of the two is better? Any info for this non computer person would be great! Thanks!
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:55 PM
 
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Cable lines allow much more data than phone lines. Phone lines were designed to move voice data only. They're great for that. However, when you ask them to move text, video, sound etc, they bog down quickly.

You can get much more bandwidth with a dedicated coaxial cable.
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:55 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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A phone line is typically considered "dial-up". This means that you typically connect to the "Internet" when you need to have access. Cable is considered broadband - and is always on. From a speed standpoint, broadband will give you higher throughput. There are variations when it comes to the actual specs (channels, circuit types etc), but no need to make this boring.

What's better... that depends on your requirements. Broadband is seen as better since you get much more bandwidth... but its also more expensive. Although in this day and age... I don't see a reason to not have broadband... the cost increase is not that big....
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:15 PM
 
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DSL over telephone lines is also broadband and "always on". Speeds can be purchased that rival cable speeds.

In my work (Computer Consultant) I have the opportunity to sit in front of computers with both types of connection and I can tell you that the high end DSL lines are fast. Fast enough that unless you are a serious gamer and want to play high-end 3d games over the Internet you will be happy with DSL. Keep in mind that you can talk over the line while surfing the Internet.

The low end speed on DSL (256k) are certainly better than dial-up, but no competition for high speed DSL or cable.

Go here and click on your state for a list of available speeds. Even if you don't use Qwest it will still give you an idea of what's available.

Qwest | Choose Your State
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Tek has it down.

Cable tends to have a higher listed bandwidth, say... 6mbps or 12mbps down (quite fast) compared to most DSL tends to be at a maximum of 7mbps.

However, DSL tends to be more consistent in giving you the speed they promise.


basically... they're pretty much the same.
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I just ran this phone line test we currently have, and it's more than fast enough for us.

Your Current Line Speed is: 1.32 Mbps Choice OnLineĀ® acceptable ranges 1-1.5
You can download at: 165.28 KB/s
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:22 PM
 
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Which is more secure, DSL or cable?
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:47 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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Which is more secure, DSL or cable?
Neither. They're just mediums that carry the signal from source to destination. Some will argue that DSL "can be" because its "dedicated"... which is a misconception. With DSL, your connection goes from house to CO to provider... the only time the circuit is dedicated is from the house to the CO...

Neither actually provides any security whatsoever from a practical standpoint. Security is layered on at the network level and above.....
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:50 AM
 
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Neither. They're just mediums that carry the signal from source to destination. Some will argue that DSL "can be" because its "dedicated"... which is a misconception. With DSL, your connection goes from house to CO to provider... the only time the circuit is dedicated is from the house to the CO...

Neither actually provides any security whatsoever from a practical standpoint. Security is layered on at the network level and above.....
Thanks for the info. I had read an article where they said DSL was safer but I always wondered if that was really true.
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Old 07-20-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: WV
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The quality of DSL depends on your location also. We were on the outer limits of the service area and got dropped many time every day. We never got near the speeds we should have. All of my neighbors had the same issue but at the time, it was the only broadband available to us.

We now have cable and it's been consistent. Cable, though, is shared so the more people in your neighborhood who use it, the slower it can become.
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