Understanding Your Options: DSL vs Cable vs Fibre

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Let’s say that you’ve been with your internet service provider or a specific plan for years. In that timeframe, new technologies have likely been adopted as the new standard, and with that comes more competitive pricing and package options. There are more options than ever, even for those who are budget-conscious, when it comes to internet options. So how does one decide on which is right for them?

We at KWIC Internet are here to help you out. Let’s go over the three most popular home internet options, all of which are readily available through us!

High-Speed DSL Internet

DSL internet, especially services offering high speeds, is great for everything from small single-user households to large families of streamers. Using the same type of hardware connection as a landline phone, DSL is often very easy and affordable to have installed. With options like breakout ports, you won’t need to tie up your landline phone either. 

High-speed DSL is the base standard for most home and business internet connections, offering lightning-quick download and upload speeds. DSL is a tried-and-true technology and, as a result, is very secure and actively supported. Not only that, but if you find a provider offering an unlimited usage allowance, you essentially get a great deal!

Cable Internet

Cable internet is a fantastic option for those working from home or living in a multi-device household. It utilizes a cable connection, rather than landline-style wiring. With powerful DOCSIS technology and state-of-the-art modems (some of which include built-in Wi-Fi), it’s even faster and snappier than standard high-speed DSL. 

What’s great about cable internet is, if you only need a single hardwired connection to a desktop PC for yourself or the family, you can set it up that way. Wi-Fi is optional and, depending on the modem used, you may need to buy a separate router to enable it anyway. Of course, the modem will come with multiple high-speed ethernet ports for hardwiring more than one device. Cable internet tends to offer faster download and upload speeds as well, even when using Wi-Fi, when compared to DSL. While DSL is certainly no slouch and plenty fast as it is, we think of cable internet as the “happy medium” of sorts, and it’s rapidly becoming more popular!

Fibre Internet

Fibre internet is very much the future of home and business internet as it’s one of the quickest, most efficient options out there. This is the ultimate option for large households or those with many devices connected at once to a network. If you need to keep your Nest Cams functioning without constant buffering, are settling in to stream a movie in 4K, work from home with dozens of tabs open between Zoom and Google Meet calls, this is the ideal choice. 

How does fibre internet work, though? For starters, it doesn’t rely on copper wiring, which is what other solutions, including DSL tend to use. Instead, fibre internet uses special fibre-optic wiring that transmits data via pulsing light. It’s far faster and stronger, ideal for a variety of use cases! In fact, fibre internet tends to unleash exhilarating upload and download speeds that you may not have thought were possible – it’s just that zippy and reliable!

Want to learn more about our various internet services and package options? We’d love to hear from you at KWIC Internet! Reach out to us today, and let’s find the ideal performance and pricing for your use case and needs.