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The Facts About Cable Internet

Deciding on Cable Internet for your broadband needs requires that you know the facts beforehand. Otherwise, you may realize too late that a different alternative would have been more appropriate. Below are five of these important facts:

  1. Cable Internet is faster than dial-up. With upload speeds between 64 Kbps and 256 Kbps and download rates ranging from 128 Kbps to 1 Mbps, Cable Internet will help you increase your enjoyment of online activities, such as gaming, downloading music, and chatting.

  2. Cable Internet provides an always-on connection. This means that as long as your computer is turned on you are connected to the Internet. The obvious advantages of this is that you don't have to worry about getting disconnected because of inactivity, busy servers, or incoming telephone calls. It also means that you don't have to wait while your modem attempts to connect. However, an always-on connection can also make your computer vulnerable to hackers and viruses. You can protect your system, however, by using a firewall and reliable antivirus software.

  3. Cable Internet does cost more than dial-up. In most cases, the cost difference is between $5 to $20 more per month. However, many dial-up users have a second phone line which becomes an unnecessary expense with Cable Internet and which could easily make up the difference in cost. Plus, many cable television subscribers receive discounts on their Cable Internet service just for using both. In the end, most Cable Internet users are simply willing to pay extra for the increased speed, convenience, and reliability.

  4. Cable Internet is not available everywhere. Because offering Internet services requires local providers to update their infrastructure, many have not made the switch. If you live in a larger city, however, chances are Cable Internet is already available. Also, most providers who now offer digital cable television already or will soon be offering Cable Internet.

  5. Cable Internet does require extra equipment. In order to receive high speed Internet access with this broadband method, you will need a cable modem and an Ethernet card. Some computers come equipped with one or both of these pieces of these items. If yours does not, you can purchase them from most electronics stores. Generally, most Cable Internet providers can also supply you with this equipment, so check with them before making these purchases.

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