I have the same setup as Kirk. I tried both DSL & Cable at the same time. Cable download was a bit faster than DSL, but DSL seemed to be more consistent with the download speed (yes, the cable speed does bog down occasionally, and there have been several interruptions in the Toronto area with Rogers Cable, major lines cut sometimes so you're down for several hours - which I would not expect with DSL as the phone companies tend to take service outages more seriously - but it does seem to have improved a lot in the last few months, probably since Rogers were threatened with a class action suit for lousy performance/reliability). What I didn't like about DSL was the annoying "dial-up" scenario with the PPPoE, which would often "disconnect". I was however about to return the cable modem and keep DSL until I noticed that with DSL Windows Media Player could not access CD information over the Internet, but it always worked with the cable modem. A minor problem maybe, but I called support, explained the situation, and they said the "don't support Windows Media Player". (This was Bell Canada's Sympatico High Speed Edition). I asked what they meant by not supporting it - wasn't I just getting a pipe to the Internet - I didn't ask for any "support" for it. Got me wondering what else wouldn't work. That, plus the fact I had Cable TV anyway with the same company (and Cellular service) and therefore could get a discounted rate (I didn't have Bell Canada for long distance so couldn't get a discount deal with them), swung the decision in favour of the cable modem. Oh, one more thing I noticed with DSL. Despite (or maybe because of) the filters you need to install on all your phones, I found that when I had to use a modem dial up occasionally (like direct dial into a PPP modem on my 400) tha tthe connection speed was lower than it was before I had DSL installed. No doubt the filters chop the bandwidth off for the "voice" connections, and therefore limit the connection speed you can get for a dial-up modem connection when DSL is installed on the same line. Might also be a problem for those using the same line for a fax machine. ...Neil Kirk Yates <email@example.com> Sent by: firstname.lastname@example.org 2002/02/25 11:41 Please respond to midrange-nontech To: email@example.com cc: Subject: DSL versus cable Chuck Lewis wrote: > What does this really mean - I'm hosed unless I go the cable route ? > > Thanks ! > > Chuck I use cable for my high speed access. I haven't had any problems with it, and I share the connection with two computers in my house. DSL is not available in my area A couple of friends of mine have DSL. Initially they had a lot of problems getting everything working, but I think all the issues were resolved for them. Speed wise, they seem to be about the same. We've tested using http://www.speedus.com/default.asp Both solutions are a LOT better than a normal dial up line.
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