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What is DSL? And a Contrast Between DSL & Cable?

DSL – Digital Subscriber Line

DSL allows you to use your phone and internet side-by-side. Providing high speed of internet on your existing phone lines without creating any sort of interference in your phone service. There are DSL modems and network cards at both ends of connections; this is the requirement for DSL.

With DSL your interest connection will always stays on and there is no need for you to dial your ISP each time you want to use the internet. DSL is much easier to install and provides much faster data transfer rate. Its data transmission speed start from 128 Kbps up to 10 Mbps. DSL connections are more useful in applications like videoconferencing, to run online movies and upload and download heavy files. There are different flavors of DSL like ADSL, R-ADSL, HDSL, SDSL, and VDSL.

The ADSL and HDSL are very common in use, the former being more popular for home usage.

Now let’s compare DSL with Cable net.

DSL vs. Cable

dsl vs cableBasically Cable Internet line is a dedicated line which is used to access the internet with high speed and it also provides much faster internet access and data transmission rate as compared to DSL and dial-up. Its data transmission speed is start from 64 Kbps to 30 Mbps. On the other hand DSL also provides high speed on already exiting telephone lines without disturbing your phone line service.


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There are some advantages and disadvantages of both technologies. There are many factors that you should consider when going to decide to get DSL connection or Cable Internet like connection speed, security, installation fees and monthly rates. However this is a very rare chance that both the services are available in your area.

A comparison between DSL and cable internet. This will assist you in making the right decision while going for any one of these internet providers which are available in your area.

DSL Internet Connection

1. Its data transmission speed start from 128 Kbps up to 10 Mbps.

2. DSL is dedicated connection not shared with other internet user.

3. DSL monthly rates are between 50$ to 100$.

4. Your internet speed will depend upon the distance between your home to DSL providers.

Cable Internet Connection

1. Its data transmission speed is start from 64 Kbps to 30Mbps.

2. Cable internet is not a dedicated connection but shared with other internet user.

3. Cable monthly rates are between 30$ to 60$.

4. No distance matter with Cable connection between your home to Cable provider

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