Cable vs DSL vs Fiber Internet
When you are looking for a new internet provider you may start feeling overwhelmed. What's the difference between Cable, DSL and Fiber? Is one better then the other? Is one more reliable then the other? Well here is a handy guide to help you make an informed choice.
DSL or Digital Subscriber Line uses the existing copper wire of your phone line to deliver high speed internet access. While not as fast as cable, this type of connection is incredibly faster then dial-up and suits the needs of many low volume internet users. DSL is widely available in both urban and many rural areas, but one thing to note is that the further you are from the main line, the weaker the signal and the slower the connection. The fastest connection speed you can receive on DSL is 6mbps and an upload speed of 640 kbps.
Cable internet access is a type of broadband internet access that uses the existing cable lines (your TV coaxial cable) to deliver high-speed internet to homes and businesses. It is very accessible in urban areas and is generally the first type of high-speed internet that was available. Unlike DSL it is not dependent on the distance you are from the internet source.
Cable internet is reasonably reliable, and the appeal is generally the speed. Download speeds generally range from 20 to 100 megabits per second. In many areas this can be the most affordable internet option.
There are some potential negatives with cable, as it is a shared bandwidth product. Because of the sharing if usage is high download times may significantly increase.
Fiber Optic Internet:
Fiber Optic internet or FTTN is a connection carried by modulated light through an optic cable. These cables are as thin as a human hair and can easily carry digital information even over long distances. The process of installing fiber optic internet is more involved, so as of yet it is not available in all urban areas.
Fiber Optic Internet is extraordinarily reliable. it is a passable system and as such it is less likely to go down during a power outage or other situation. This can make it a very good choice for businesses that require internet to stay up and running. Additionally, Fiber Optic is less likely to receive interference from nearby power lines or high-voltage electrical items.
Fiber Optic speeds blow away the competition with download speeds that range from 10mbps to 10gbps. And because the fiber optic network is installed for your use, it is dedicated and not shared with others. Another huge advantage is symmetrical connection, where downloads and uploads occur simultaneously with no reduction in speed. Fiber offers truly unlimited bandwidth - with no caps or lowered speed. In addition many providers guarantee a high level of up time and performance.
With the benefits, there - of course - must be a downside. first, Fiber Optic is not currently offered in as many areas as cable, although it is rapidly expanding. Cost is also more expensive then cable internet, and for most commercial plans you will incur a dry loop fee - which is dependent on your location.
Choosing your internet really depends on what you want to use it for and how much you want to spend. If you only use the internet casually and don't want to spend a lot, DSL is probably your best choice. If you need really fast, really reliable internet, then you have Fiber Internet. If you would like more information on these choices and costs to install, give us a call at 905-655-3661.