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  • Cable or DSL?

The debate between cable and DSL has been heated for some time. When both services are exposed, it becomes clear that neither one is really superior to the other. Still, there are some connectivity considerations that will make opting for one service more appealing. When deciding between DSL and cable, think about accessibility, cost, and the type of computer user that you are.

Performance Comparison

Both Cable and DSL perform well. A cable connection is shared with the people around you who also use cable Internet. However, this type of sharing rarely affects connectivity performance. Some cable users may experience a system slow down during peak times, and cable can be a problem if the people in your area who also use cable max a connection by downloading massive files on a regular basis. Still, sharing cable does not, in most cases, slow down a connection.

A DSL connection is typically faster if you are located near a DSL company’s central office. The type of wiring inside of your neighborhood may also impact a DSL connection. Neighrborhood’s with copper wiring tend to have slightly faster DSL connection capabilities. Comparably, DSL and cable are equally fast.


Cable is offered in most areas. This is not the case when it comes to DSL. In order to get a DSL connection, you must be located within miles of a company’s head office. Otherwise, a DSL connection will not work. Cable tends to reach most remote areas, and most people can purchase a cable connection without any difficulty. People who live in extremely remote areas may be confined to dial-up connections, though these connections are quickly beginning to dissipate.


DSL tends to be more expensive than cable. If both services are offered in your area, select the service that includes free installation. Most companies charge $100+ for installation fees, though this fee may be waived if both cable and DSL companies exist in one area. It is also possible to install both services on your own, though some people may find this process confusing.

Security Concerns

Many people are under the false impression that one service is more secure than another. This is simply untrue. Both DSL and cable leave your system vulnerable. The only way to effectively protect your system from threats and attacks is to purchase a high-quality antivirus program or antivirus suite. Any system that is constantly “turned on” is an easy target for hackers and viruses.


There are numerous restrictions when using both DSL and cable. Both cable and DSL users cannot act as web servers in most instances. Running a web server would drastically slow down cable connectivity speed. Cable companies have also begun charging for excessive downloads and uploads. The same restrictions may be true for some DSL subscribers. Before you opt for either service, take the time to read your contract carefully. While both DSL and cable companies create user restrictions, one service may include less restrictions than another.