cable connection vs. dsl

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Panther115

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:confused: Need some advice please. I currently have a cable modem with comcast. AT&T is trying to convince me to switch to dsl. They tell me it is a dedicated line, compared to cable which is a shared line. Supposedly it is 6-10 times faster than cable. I am seriously considering trying it, and any advice would be most helpful. Thanks for your input.

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depends on your neighborhood

you can buy dsl packages with various speeds.
there are probably three levels of speeds
available for dsl.

cable in your area can be conjested or not.

with cable you share bandwidth with your
neighbors and if the neighborhood is
online you might be slow.

dsl is unshared bandwidth.

the lower speed low end lower cost dsl could
easily be slower than unconjested
cable by a good amount. a higher speed dsl
could beat cable speed.

really depends on your local situation.
there is alot of competition between the
two industries so check both for deals,
specs and what they will provide
reliably. ask your neighbors what they
have and service. in places where they
don't compete they can give sucky
service and get away with it. in places
where competition is hot they both might
give atleast decent service.

i've had lots of friends complain about
cable companies for all their services.
 

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AT&T is trying to convince me to switch to dsl. They tell me it is a dedicated line, compared to cable which is a shared line. Supposedly it is 6-10 times faster than cable.
I think they got it backwards, I know of no DSL that is faster than even the slowest cable. And the dedicated line vs. shared line claim is nothing less than deceptive marketing. With cable, everyone on the cable in your neighborhood shares the bandwidth ... before it connects to a router somewhere. With DSL, it is true you do have a dedicated phone line. But back at the phone company central office, all of those dedicated lines all plug into a router which divides the available bandwidth.
 

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What is your speed with Comcast? That is, what do they advertise as the nominal max. bandwidth? Probably 3Mbps or 5Mbps or more. What does AT&T promise?

Check your actual speed with something like http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

The story on cable, being a shared connection, is that when all your neighbors are using the internet your share of the bandwidth will be much less. Depending on your neighbors (business? residential?) and their habits that may happen. Use a speedtest at various times of the day and week to see how the results vary. Caution: temporary slower speeds can also be network congestion that has nothing to do with your ISP.

A DSL service doesn't slow from your neighbors grabbing bandwidth, but the farther you are from the Central Office (or any "boosters" they may have) the lower your bandwidth will be.
 

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They're selling you a bill of goods. ;)

I also know of no DSL accounts in the US that are faster than a something like Comcast 6mb/784kb connections. I had Comcast cable for years, and it was pretty decent.

I currently have Verizon FiOS (fiber to the home), and it's really fast, but it's NOT DSL. If Verizon has FiOS service in your area, that would be an upgrade, mine is 15mbit/2mbit service.
 
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Is there anyway to tweak the internet cable connection to speed up the connection bandwith speed
 
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Best thing to do is, find out what speed your cable company claims you get, then do a speed test and see what you actually get (do it 3 times in a day, morning/lunch/evening to see if it slows down at any of those times)

Then see what your DSL company says you should be getting and compare it. If its faster then what your getting on cable then call up the dsl company and get them to give you 1 month free or something like that but DONT sign any contract or anything like that because if you have bad speed/connection you want to be able to cancel and leave without any problems.

Ciao
 

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kungfu said:
Is there anyway to tweak the internet cable connection to speed up the connection bandwith speed
If you get Comcast and they offer PowerBoost in your area, you could get short bursts of higher bandwidth ...

http://www.comcast.net/help/faq/index.jsp?faq=ServicesPowerBoost18502

There have been reports where some users discovered that PowerBoost stayed on beyond a short burst giving them much higher sustained bandwidth ...

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/81023?r=322
 

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I had a friend that had 16mbit service for a couple of days. I guess they figured out he didn't pay for it and dropped him back to the 6mbit service. :)
 
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