What are the Differences between DSL and Cable Internet
DSL and Cable are two different techniques by which a user can connect to the internet. In a cable TV connection, the subscription to cable television as well as the internet services is required to avail this connection. This type of connection provides a very high speed to the user who is connected through it and this connection is almost 70 times faster than the dial- up connections (dial- up connection is also a method to connect to the internet but is very slow). The DSL i.e. the Digital Subscriber Line also provides high speed data service to the users to access the internet. But the Digital Subscriber Line works on the POTS i.e. the Plain Old Telephone Exchange copper telephone lines.
In Cable TV connection, it is possible for the users to stay connected to the internet whenever the user wants i.e. can be all the time and that too by just opening any browser’s (may be Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox etc…) window so that he or she can have access to the internet. While in case of Digital Subscriber Line, the higher grade cable which is been used is not much costly to install and this cable is also provided by various telephone companies.
In Cable TV connection, the main benefit of using it is the performance it delivers to the users. The performance in this connection is not at all dependent on the distance from the cable office. It means that how much long the distance is, does not matter, and hence provides its users an excellent performance. While in DSL connections, ADSL (Asymmetric DSL), which is one of the types of DSL, is able to provide different bandwidths to the users. These different bandwidths are provided in upstream as well as in downstream directions and hence make it possible for the users to have much higher downstream speeds than that which is provided in other connections.
Thus both the services i.e. Cable TV connection and DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) are just different methods for the users to connect to the internet which mainly differs in their installation process and the speeds they provide as well as the components of these two connections are very much different.