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    Anybody out here that's familiar with these two methods of connecting to the internet and can tell me the advantages/disadvantages of each and which one is better? I'm getting tired of my slow connections.

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    I decided on a cable modem about 2 months ago. It's worked amazingly well. It was about the same cost as DSL here. It took all of 10 minutes to setup.

    I chose it over DSL for just a couple of reasons. It's new in my area, and people I'd talked to who've switch from DSL to cable here say the cable feels faster. I've found that to be true as well. We've got DSL at one of the classroom sites I work at.
    http://computingcentral.msn.com/topi...eedtest500.asp

    That's a site that will calculate the speed of your connection to that site. I've yet to see my cable modem dip below 1Mbps. Can't complain at all about that!

    The DSL that was offered here for the same price wasn't an always on connection. They kick you off after 2 hours, and you can reconnect. I thought that just sounds like what I was trying to get away from with dial-ups.

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    My experience with my cable modem has been nothing but good. I could NEVER go back to dial-up and feel happy about it. DSL is something I'm not too familar with. I wish I could see a computer connected to DSL so I could make a fair judgement between DSL and cable. My average download rate is around 120kb/sec. This can depend on the time of day and server traffic.
    So, I'd say you can can wrong with a cable modem, but I'd look for the right price first.

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    Cable Modems RULE!!!!

    Friend of mine has one. Depending on the speed of the machine I am connecting to, I can download songs from NAPSTER in sometimes 30-40 SECONDS!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Cable modems are fast and available pretty widespread now. However--there's a problem--namely security issues. Install a good firewall, turn off file and print sharing, and change passwords often.

    Reason? Cable modems can put users in a LAN-like situation depending on how your ISP handles it. This means that, unless you disable file and print sharing, they could get access to your system. Not exactly good.

    Another thing to consider with this clustering effect is that over time, as more people sign on to cable, your service will start slowing down. DSL does not have this limitation--it segregates each user. However a good firewall is recommended in both cases (even for a dialup user). I know @Home is bundling a firewall with its software--I believe it's the Norton firewall, but I'm not sure.

    The reason why DSL might suck right now is that the technology's very new, and there are lots of bugs to work out. At least people can actually get broadband now, though

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