Broadband vs. DSL vs. Cable

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Difference between Broadband, DSL and Cable

The Internet has become a necessity in everyone’s household. A few decades back, people were perfectly fine without internet and those that had dial up access were considered to be high tech already. Today if you have dial up, you’d be the laughing stock in the eyes of those familiar with the world of technology. In fact, some say that you’re better off not having Internet at all rather than dial up. So this now brings us to the common types of Internet connections found in households worldwide. We have the DSL connection, broadband connection and the cable connection, all of which are able to provide outstanding Internet download speeds.

Service Brief

Let’s start with the broadband connection. This type of connection is usually compared a lot with dial up connections. Take note that it is much faster than dial up but the starting speeds of a broadband connection starts at 64kbps, which is 8kbps more than that of a dial up, however maximum dial up rates can reach up to 2mbps back then and today for companies that need a highly pure Internet connection, broadband is considered to be the fastest as they can give out gigabytes of speed for a network. 

A DSL line is the most common found in households. This is because it is dedicated type of connection that will be purely used by you. It involves use of a DSL modem that is connected to a phone jack and directed to a computer.

A cable Internet line is as fast as a DSL connection but the infrastructure it uses is similar to that of cable TV. This Internet connection is integrated into the cable television lines through analog means.

Fastest One

Now before we start comparing which one is faster, let me point out that all these types of connections are able to handle exceptional speeds and can more than give the service you require. If you have a big business that needs exceptional Internet access throughout the building, a broadband connection will be the preferred type you would want. It offers a speeds that no other can provide which can reach up to a whooping 159.2 Gbps! But if you’re planning to install Internet in your house, you won’t need all that speed. Even if you’re a hardcore gamer that requires a service with no lag or a person that needs to download at really high rates, DSL and cable Internet connections are they way to go. They will have speed packages that you will find to be more than what you need.

Compared to Dial-Up

Now I’d have to say the biggest advantage one could have with these connections is that you can use the phone while on the Internet at the same time. Unlike dial up connections, if you pick up the phone, your Internet will be disrupted. Also the speeds with these connections is more than ten times that of dial up. Plus you have the option to not have a land line but still have Internet connection.


  • Broadband, DSL and Cable Internet connections offer the fastest Internet speeds in the market today.
  • Broadband connections have the capacity to offer gigabytes of Internet speed which makes them stand out of the two.
  • DSL connection makes use of a modem and telephone jack to get you online with high speeds while not interrupting phone services.
  • Cable Internet connections perform like DSL connection but they use the cable TV infrastructure to give out Internet connections
  • Broadband, DSL and Cable operate without having to interrupt telephone capabilities and if you wish, they can operate with land line services.

Which is better?
  • Broadband
  • DSL
  • Cable

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