Which is better, a cable modem or DSL?

If you are fortunate to have a choice of high-speed Internet connections at your home, you may have asked yourself this question. The products are very similar, but we do have some general advice.

A cable modem connection runs at a very high speed when downloading information, and a relatively slow speed when uploading. This makes sense since 99% of the average user's time is spent downloading web pages, e-mail, and the like. Most DSL products targeted for home use are designed the same way. Overall we have typically found cable service to be less expensive and provide higher speeds, where it is available.

January 2002

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