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Cable Internet Providers: The Source for High Speed Internet

Many firms offer cable internet service. Although features and underlying technologies may vary, all have dedicated cable networks. These networks are expensive to establish and maintain, so cable service providers typically confine their service areas to larger communities in order to have the most subscribers possible within a given area. This provides for faster, centralized maintenance, shortens service response times and maximizes return on investment.

The cable which carries the data is run directly into subscribers’ homes by trained technicians who connect the home to the existing network trunk line installed either beneath street or running parallel to other utility lines on street poles. Cable modems, provided by either the customer or leased from the provider, are then installed, interfacing the cable connection and designated equipment. If this is the initial installation of a home’s cable service, the installer will run the extra wiring needed to establish connectivity.

In-home cable supports three services that are marketed as bundles: cable, internet and telephone. If you home already has cable TV, its internet ready.

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Advantages of Cable over DSL

DSL signals are transmitted over a standard copper-paired telephone line. The further from the source—the telephone company’s transmission point—the weaker the DSL signal and the slower the connection. Unlike DSL, cable signal quality doesn't rely upon distance. Cable speeds are approximately three to four times faster than DSL, with connectivity typically in the range of 3 to 10 Mbps.

Cable Internet - A Wealth of Choices

Cable internet can be purchased by itself, or as part of a TV - phone bundle. Typically the greatest savings are realized when all are three services are purchased together.

Although prices and speeds vary by carrier, all cable internet services providers offer a wide variety of reliable, high speed options to meet your online needs. Whether you just want to surf the web and email friends, or are heavily into high-bandwidth applications such as multiplayer gaming, streaming of HD content or sustained video calls, cable internet gives you the flexibility to support your online needs, from one computer or from several. Connectivity is available in a variety of differently priced tiers up to 40 Mbps and for uploads of up to 5 Mbps Cable carriers offer prompt, knowledge 24/7 technical support both online and over the phone.

Choosing Your Cable Internet Access Speed

Here are the FCC usage-based recommendations for minimum broadband access speeds:

  • Checking email/Web browsing: .5 Mbps
  • Multi-player gaming: 4 Mbps
  • Streaming movies: 1.5 Mbps
  • Video chatting: 1 Mbps
  • Streaming HD video: 4 Mbps

Consider all factors before ordering your cable Internet service speed. If you and your neighbors all share the same internet service provider, your collective usage pattern can affect service speed. This is especially noticeable during holidays and weekends.

How many active devices are on your network? It’s not just people, PCs and applications you should consider. Smartphones that are Wi-Fi enabled, dedicated video streaming devices, ebook readers and gaming consoles can all use hefty amounts of bandwidth.