What Determines the Speeds I get from ADSL and Cable? Internet

Depending on where you live in the country you may have a choice between ADSL and Cable for provision of your Internet services.  There are several different considerations to take into account when making this choice, one of which is Internet speed.

Internet speed varies depending on certain factors.  The importance of the speed also varies depending on the user; for general day to day use you may not seed a super-fast connection.  On the other hand it can be really frustrating to watch a movie that stutters along because of the constant buffering.  So what helps to determine the speeds you get on a cable connection and on an ADSL connection?

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Cable Speeds

The first thing that determines your cable speed is what you actually pay for.  Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) restricts your speed level to what you have purchased, through your modem.  You have to make a decision as to what speed you need taking into account usage and cost.

Of course that doesn’t mean your connection will always run at exactly the same speed.  You should remember that your connection is shared with other users in the neighborhood and that their usage will affect your speeds.  If everyone is online at once, especially if people are playing online games or watching video, then the speed of your Internet will be slow in comparison with speed at times when usage is low. You can check the iiNet NBN coverage map to find out where the NBN is available and if it’s going to be accessible where you live.

Another thing you need to consider, if you have cable Internet provision, is the age of your modem.  If your modem is a few years old you may not be making the most of any update to the cable system in your area.  You need to check if the cable has been updated and if this is the case you should consider replacing your modem.  There are two ways you can do this, either by leasing a modem from your provider, or purchasing one.

ADSL Speeds

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is technology that allows for several different types of signal to be transmitted down the same wire so that you can make a telephone call, receive a fax, and surf the Internet at the same time.

With ADSL the download and upload speeds are not level; you will generally have a higher download speed than upload speed.  For most general Internet usage that is not a problem as it’s more important for you to be able to download and access information on the Internet than it is for your data to be uploaded and shared.

One thing that you need to remember with ADSL is that having the optimum speed you have paid for is very much reliant on how close you are situated to the Central Office (CO).  This sounds like it should be a building full of people but it’s actually where all the central wiring is located.  The further you are away from this the slower your Internet speed is likely to be.

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