Is DSL the Same as Broadband?

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Broadband is a term used to define an Internet connection that is faster than dial-up, or 56K, so DSL and cable modems both fall into that category. Find out how DSL modems differ from cable modems with help from a Web designer in this free video on computer and Internet tips.

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Hi, I'm Noah and today we're going to discuss if there's a difference between DSL and broadband. Basically broadband is a term used to define an Internet connection that's faster than dial-up or fifty-six K, so both DSL and cable modem connections both fall into this category. The difference between the two is that on a cable modem connection, your modem will be plugged into your cable socket in your wall, like your TV cable socket, and you'll be getting your access for your TV cable company. However, on a DSL modem, your modem will be plugged in for your phone line, so basically they look exactly the same, except one is for your TV cable, and the other is for your phone line. Now the discussion as to which one is better is quite a complicated one because they both offer very high speeds, but for example, for a DSL connection as you move further away from the providers central office, the signal fades. So if you live in the middle of nowhere, a DSL connection might not be the best selection for you. On the other hand, with cable connections, you usually actually share the connection with your neighbors. So if a lot of people in the neighborhood are using Internet and using a lot of bandwidth at the same time, it could slow you down a little. In any case, both connections will be a real improvement over fifty-six K or dial-up.

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