What Is the Difference Between Broadband and DSL

What is the difference between broadband and DSL? Simply put, not every broadband connection is DSL. Cable connections also qualify as broadband Internet.

The Difference Between DSL and Broadband Cable
Both cable and DSL have speeds of 1 Mbps to 2 Mbps. Some cable connections have speeds as high as 6 Mbps. DSL is distance sensitive, because the signals are carried on copper wires. The further the user is from the provider's main office, the slower the speeds will be. Cable speeds are not distance sensitive, but they may drop if a large number of users are logged on. Both cable broadband and DSL are affected by Web traffic and the speed of the host server you're trying to access. If the server itself is slow, a broadband connection, either cable or DSL, won't let you access it any faster.

Both broadband cable and broadband DSL are reliable, though DSL is not available in all areas. That is one of the differences between broadband and DSL. It is usually available in urban areas. Broadband cable is available to anyone who has cable television, if the cable television provider provides cable Internet.

Comparing Costs
If pricing is an issue, DSL is usually the better deal; broadband cable is almost always more expensive. If both are available in your area, check prices, upload and download speeds and other options or restrictions available through the provider. Always check for installation fees, which vary greatly among different providers.

Support is dependent on the provider when you're evaluating what is the difference between broadband and DSL. There are cable and DSL companies that have good support and some with shoddy support. Generally, broadband cable companies do have better service and respond to customer requests faster.

With either connection, DSL or broadband cable, the Internet connection is always on. Even when you are not using the computer, the connection stays on. If you leave your computer turned on while you're away, you could be vulnerable to viruses, spyware or hackers. When using a broadband connection, it's highly recommended to install a firewall, a virus checker and a spyware detector on your computer.

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