DSL vs Cable? Which connection is the best?  

DSL vs Cable? Which connection is the best?

The need for a fast Internet connection and a steady water supply are equally important in today’s modern household. Unlike water, there are lots of choices you can make that alter your internet speed and overall enjoyment.

Most people opt for reception via DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), which is supplied through the standard phone line. The alternative is cable. In this case, Internet access is switched via the cable socket. Both options have their advantages, it simply depends on what matters most to you.

DSL vs Cable Speed

DSL is available in most of the UK, but there are still different bandwidths depending where you live and the distance from the distribution box. The further your house is from the exchange, the lower the bandwidth. This is especially true in rural areas, where the density of the distribution boxes is lower. Often the theoretically possible maximum speed is never reached.

VDSL Technology

In order to achieve transmission rates of about 100 megabits per second despite a DSL connection, we recommend a VDSL connection (Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line). With VDSL technology, also called vectoring, the speed in the copper cables is increased. Especially if, like most of us, you want to use the Internet connection to surf the web, make phone calls and stream the latest films.

The future is fibre

Fibre optic technology offers even faster Internet access than VDSL connections. The main advantage is that it enables not only high but stable transmission rates. Transmission speeds of one gigabit per second are achievable with a fibre optic connection. The fibre optic network is not yet available nationwide, but it is constantly being expanded.

Internet, telephone and television from a box

In the past, only television was possible via cable. The telephone required a separate connection and the Internet was unthinkable in most private households for a long time. Today, all three communication technologies are available with a cable connection.

Since the transmission speed is much faster than the DSL connection by cable, it is particularly good for the transmission of large amounts of data in upload and download, for example in streaming.

Bandwidth during peak times

There is no loss of speed at the cable connection through exchanges, but there can be fluctuations in bandwidth during peak times when many users are on the move. This mainly occurs in the evening hours and on weekends.

Selecting the right hardware

Whether you choose DSL or cable, the costs are now very similar. In the past, DSL routers depended on the respective provider; today you have a wider choice of hardware. If you want to use vectoring, you must make sure that the router has the appropriate performance.

DSL vs Cable – every technology has its advantages

Both a DSL and a cable connection offer stable data rates in conjunction with a flat rate. Depending on where you live or time of use, one or the other variant could be more suitable. Cable providers, for example, offer contracts with 500 megabits per second for download; a DSL connection with 100 megabits per second is considerably weaker. A DSL connection can shine with upload rates of 50 megabits per second, while cable rates currently only allow 25 megabits per second. In any case, we recommended you perform a speed comparison to check the exact transfer rates. It can even help to ask your neighbours about their experiences before you move into a new property.

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