So Should You Get ADSL or Cable?


Visitors: 196

If you’re considering broadband, the chances are that you have two options: ADSL or cable (there’s also satellite, but it’s only really worthwhile when the other two are unavailable). Given that, then, you’re probably interested in just what the difference is, and which one is better. Read on.

The main difference between ADSL and cable is that ADSL uses your existing phone lines, while cable uses dedicated cables laid by a cable company – the same ones you can use to receive cable television transmissions.

Putting all the scientific stuff aside, ADSL and cable have clear upsides and downsides. With ADSL, you’re using a line for something it ultimately wasn’t meant for, and there is a top speed that you can’t go over (what it is depends on the quality of the physical line). If you’re a long way from a telephone exchange, you may find your connection very slow. Generally, however, ADSL is very cheap, and the healthy competition in the market means it’s getting cheaper all the time.

Cable, on the other hand, is devoted to what it does, with no telephone legacy to support. It can offer higher transfer speeds, even if you’re far away from the exchange. Can you guess the downside? It’s expensive.

So should you get ADSL or cable? Well, really, the answer largely depends on where you live. First, check how far you are from the telephone exchange – if it’s a long way, you shouldn’t even consider DSL. Then check what the prices are like at the cable provider in your area, as some are much more reasonable than others.

Ultimately, you have to decide what’s best for you based on local factors, but there are some websites out there to help you make the decision –, for example, is very good. Don’t commit to a connection until you’ve searched the web to see what its customers say.

John Gibb is the owner of adsl tips and guides For more information on adsl check out

, , ,

Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
ADSL Wireless Routers Overview
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Attention of 4 cores round cable and submersible underground cable

by: Sanjay Gola (October 16, 2012) 
(Business/Small Business)

Why is ADSL Getting Cheaper?

by: John Gibb (August 09, 2006) 

ADSL Routers

by: Ross Bainbridge (August 18, 2006) 
(Computers and Technology/Hardware)

Satellite TV - Cable TV - And Digital Cable TV Services

by: Teddy Lc. (March 12, 2007) 

Television Migration - Cable to Satellite to Cable

by: Julia Hall (March 30, 2007) 

Broadband Internet – ADSL

by: Jack N. Adams (July 04, 2010) 
(Communications/Broadband Internet)

Let’s Learn A Little About How ADSL Works

by: John Gibb (August 09, 2006) 
(Communications/Broadband Internet)

Let’s explore some of the disadvantages of using ADSL

by: John Gibb (August 09, 2006) 

Introduction to ADSL Broadband

by: James Dyson (October 15, 2006) 

ADSL Wireless Routers Overview

by: Michael Sterios (May 25, 2006) 
(Computers and Technology/Hardware)