Question: What is the difference between Cable and DSL Internet connection?

Cable and DSL Internet connection are popular broadband technology that utilizes unused bandwidth over existing phone infrastructure.

Here are some differences between these 2 technologies:

The Cable connection uses shared cable to provide service in the residential area, whereas each DSL user has dedicated connection to nearest ISP’s central office.

DSL connection tends to be cheaper than Cable connection, as different DSL technology (ADSL, SDSL, HDSL, VDSL, etc) are available for service provider to roll out different packages with different prices and bandwidths. For home users, ADSL is popular Internet connection.

The bandwidth that can be offered by Cable is higher than DSL in theory, but the Cable connection is shared with many home users, so the network performance would be dropped when there are many connected Cable users. For ADSL users, you can usually get good bandwidth if you are closer to ISP’s central Office with quality link.