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Looking for the best DSL modem?

Comparing Cable vs. DSL


DSL modems and routers use your phone line to give you access to the Internet. The benefits of DSL include the ability to use both the Internet and your phone at the same time and they’re usually available for people who live in rural areas. DSL doesn’t slow down during high traffic times like cable does, but it isn’t always as fast as cable or fiber-optic Internet services.


Unlike DSL modems, cable modems transmit data over cable television lines. Cable also doesn’t rely on the provider’s central location for fast speeds the way that DSL does. Depending on the time of day and the amount of people accessing the web, cable is typically faster than DSL and more convenient for people living in urban areas because there are already existing cable lines.