Trying to decide between T1, Cable & DSL? Each service type certainly has its Pros & Cons. Understanding the key differences between each connection type is critical to determining which solution best fits your particular business needs.  Its extremely difficult to distinguish fact from fiction when speaking with T1, Cable & DSL providers directly. Our objective at Netfarm is to educate our clients with the best information possible so they can make the best decision possible.

Bandwidth Speed

T1

 Dedicated 1.544 Mbps Symmetrical Internet Connection. Upload & Download speeds are exactly the same.

Cable

Varies from 2Mbps to as much as 100Mbps.  Cable internet connections are shared connections & speeds are not guaranteed & typically vary throughout the day.  The majority of Cable connections provide much high download than upload speeds.

DSL

Varies from 500Kbps to as much as 7Mbps. Bandwidth speed typically varies throughtout the day and speeds are not guaranteed.  The majority of DSL connections provide much higher download than upload speeds.

Monthly Cost

T1

T1 costs can vary widely based on your service location but the typical T1′s costs between $250 – $400 per month.

Cable

Costs vary per Internet Speed. Typical range for Business Class Cable Internet is $60 – $370 per Month.

DSL

Costs vary per Internet Speed. Typical DSL connections costs $50 – $150 per Month.

 

Connection Type

T1

DEDICATED – T1 service offers private point-to-pont dedicated connection between your service location and your service provider.

Cable

SHARED – A cable network is shared among many users in your area. Cable is a “Best Effort” service. When you buy a Cable Internet Package (i.e. 20Mbps x 5Mbps), you will only see a fraction of those internet speeds due to other network congestion.  Your internet speed will fluctuate due to your your neighbors bandwidth utilization. The internet speed you contract for is not guaranteed in any way.

DSL

SHARED – DSL is made via a shared, switched ATM network. A number of customers are aggregated at multiple single connection points (DSLAMs). Each aggregation point is a potential point of failure and congestion. Similar to Cable, DSL is a “Best Effort” service. The internet speed you contract for is not guaranteed in any way.
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