internet refers to the delivery of internet service over cable network. A
cable modem is used to transfer data signal using unused bandwidth on a
cable television network. However not all cable infrastructure is capable of
two way cable modem transmission, so having cable television network does
not necessarily mean that cable internet service is available in your area.
general, cable internet is capable of providing higher connection speed than
DSL internet service. The download speed can reach up to 30 Mbps and the
upload speed up to 2 Mbps. However, cable internet providers often add a
speed cap on residential service plans so the actual bandwidth is usually
lower than these values. In addition, cable users in a neighborhood share
the bandwidth provided by the same cable line. Therefore, connection speed
will fluctuate depending on the number of people using the service at the
Almost all cable internet service providers tie up cable internet access
with cable television subscription. Many also provide VoIP telephone
service. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a technology that allows
you to make telephone calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of
a regular (or analog) phone line. VoIP converts the voice signal from your
telephone into a digital signal that travels over the Internet.
phone service is usually much cheaper than regular phone service. Many VoIP
providers offer unlimited nationwide calling and low international calling
rates. However, VoIP service requires broadband internet connection so in
case of power outages when your cable modem (or DSL modem) is disconnected,
you will not be able to make phone call or emergency call over the internet.
Advantages of cable internet access:
High connection speed
Convenient Ė you are always connected to the
Does not affect your phone line. You donít need
to switch your local phone service provider.
Connection speed is not affected by the distance
from ISP operation center
Easy setup with self installation kit
Disadvantages of cable internet access:
Higher price than dialup and DSL connection
Higher security risk than dialup or DSL
(personal firewall is needed)
Not available to all cable TV networks
Bandwidth is shared over the same cable line.
Connection speed is affected by the number of people using the internet at
the same time in your neighborhood.
Usually tie with cable TV subscription
Cable internet service providers
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