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  1. skyman

    skyman Thread Starter

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    I am considering going to cable internet access that has come available to my area. My cable provider offers:

    1.5M bps - 128 kbps or 1.5M bps - 256 kbps.

    Naturally the 256 is more money than the 128. Is there a great amount of difference in speed for me to spend the higher dollar
    for 256?

    Thanks for your advice...

    dkyman
     
  2. belenus

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    Hi skyman.

    Yes, there will be a difference in speed between the two. Although for normal surfing you may not really notice a huge difference. However, if you do a lot of downloading, then you would really benefit from the extra speed. I've recently upgraded from 128 kbps to 600 kbps, and even with that difference, the surfing speed is massively different; but downloads are much quicker now.

    Hope that helps,

    belenus :cool:
     
  3. skyman

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    Thanks for the information. Not familiar with cable access.

    Someone told me that the cable modem needed tweaking to get the best out of it. Does anyone know about this?

    Thank you...

    skyman
     
  4. Del

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    If I'm not mistaken, what they are telling you is you get 1.5M or 1500kbps download and 128kbps upload or
    1500kbps download and 256kbps upload.
    The download speed is the same and the difference is in uploading.
    Downloading is when you are receiving a picture, program etc from the internet. Uploading is when you put something like on a ftp site or website, sending info.
    Example IE you put the site in and hit enter, it uploads, when the page loads to IE, download.
    Unless you are doing a lot of uploading, like for work on a web site, I wouldn't pay the difference.
     
  5. Del

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    Go to speedguide.net
    They have tons of tweaks, patches and info there for cable connections.
     
  6. skyman

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    Del,

    Thanks for the information. For my use the 128 would work well.

    This will save me some money.

    Again, thanks...


    skyman
     
  7. Del

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    You're welcome! Have a great day..
     
  8. jbcalg

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    actually it's the connection and your PC that gets tweaked (various settings you can adjust to optimize the transfer efficiency), not the modem (which is controlled at the ISP or cable company's end of things - and usually quite illegal to tamper with)

    another good site is http://www.dslreports.com
     
  9. Shadow2531

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    Just confirming that Del is right about the upload and download speeds.
     
  10. Del

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    Thanks :confused:
     
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