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Need some information

by Retired 10 / January 30, 2006 8:48 AM PST

Have been on "cable" for about a year, however just can't pass up the offer from verison"DSL" So am going to switch. Am looking for any information I may need before I make the switch. Thanks

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DSL is slower. . .
by Coryphaeus / January 30, 2006 9:12 AM PST
In reply to: Need some information

Cable is usually about 5-8 times faster than DSL. If you can live with the speed, it's ok.

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by Retired 10 / January 30, 2006 9:29 AM PST
In reply to: DSL is slower. . .

Not this cable company, they had two offerings. I was on the lower end of they had. It was fairly quick, however the DSL is quite a bit faster, and DSL is offering a bit more for less money. I did know the figures as I did check that out, but can;t remember them.

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by joe_smith / January 30, 2006 10:11 AM PST
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Not only is DSL dedicated bandwidth, not shared with everyone on your hub like cable, it goes up to at least 7Mbps in some areas. I think most cable providers are still in the neighborhood of 3-5Mbps, which is again, shared not dedicated.

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Cable is generally faster...
by John.Wilkinson / January 30, 2006 11:40 AM PST
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I think's article has pretty good coverage of this, explaining the pros and cons of each and how cable's greater raw speed usually helps it overcome any deficits. In my neck of the woods this holds true...I have a choice between 2.5Mbps DSL ($35) and 8Mbps cable ($45). Granted, cable sees a larger gap between advertised and actual bandwidth, but cable is still over twice as fast (~5Mpbs vs ~2.1Mbps) as its DSL counterpart. Thus, until a faster, yet comparatively priced, broadband offer becomes available, cable is my horse.


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