Advantages and Disadvantages of Cable Broadband

The good with the bad: Broadband Cable and its features

The demand for Cable Broadband Internet continues at a steady pace, and as one of the fastest broadband formats, this comes with its own advantages, and unfortunately, disadvantages. In the event that ADSL/DSL or wireless/mobile broadband is not possible or not preferred, then cable is available and easily connected by providers with a decent coverage area. And while this format continues to be preferred and popular, there are a few points to ponder and consider.

A closer look at its privileges and limitations

Cable Internet technology is one of the fastest connections available, and allows customers to bundle the connection with a cable TV service, in order to save money, time and efforts in installation and setting up. The bundle is endorsed and encouraged by most providers. This is beneficial for those looking for a good deal, and need both amenities in their houses or buildings. However, not everyone who acquires cable internet will need an accompanying cable TV service, and in these cases, the company will charge higher rates or higher upfront payments to install only the internet capability.

When discussing speeds, cable has 30Mbps of bandwidth, with peaks up to 400 Mbits downstream for business and 250 Mbits for residential; for upstream, it reaches up to 20 Mbits.  Most residential cable connections share the bandwidth and speed though. Depending on how many users are connected to a specific area, the provider will equalise the bandwidth, and in some cases of overcrowding, a bandwidth cap or limit will be imposed to keep the whole connection uniform and steady. This means limited download speed especially for peak hours, and / or a certain limit is set for the total data consumed for that day to control the bandwidth.

Strangely, ISP’s or Internet Service Providers who source their high speed internet through these cable companies are usually not paying exorbitant fees for using solely cable internet connections. Billing is still owned by the said company, and they are able to charge nominal rates through the middle-man (ISP) yet the connection quality might still be dependent on how many users are connected in a particular area at a given time. Additionally, the possibility of tapping or intercepting the connection poses a problem for dense neighborhoods. There are security and encryption protocols, but they are easily bypassed by experienced users. To remedy speed issues, users can tweak the connections, alter software / hardware or maybe choose a less dense cable area.



How to pick an ADSL provider

ADSL is now the benchmark standard for internet services. Internet service providers (ISPs) promote their packages competitively, but how good are they? There are a few good, reliable ways of picking an ADSL service.

Criteria for picking your ADSL provider

You need to see a few basic characteristics from your provider:

    • Connectivity: Even today, dropouts and downtime are problems. Consumers don’t appreciate dropouts, particularly if using wireless technologies, mobile broadband, iPads, or tablets. Check ISPs for any consumer complaints about downtime or loss of connections.
    • Speed: Speed varies, a lot, and the actual ADSL speed is usually slower than the advertised speed, not real time. You do need higher speeds, but the proof is on your network. If you’re a business, your network’s size may slow the speed noticeably. Even the length of the wire connecting a hardwired modem has an effect on speeds.
    • Prices: Packages can be priced very attractively with a lot of features or just basic no-frills plans. Forget the sales talk, focus on comparing values. For ADSL, a good standard package should be competitively priced and offer a few extras.


  • Support services: Both customer service and technical support need to be considered when comparing ADSL providers. You need 24/7 services, and you also need a highly responsive result to your issues. Support should be fast and competent, fixing your problems. Also consider waiting time while evaluating ISPs for service quality.
  • Web hosting and email: These valuable services may not be included in some plans. They may be separate, adding costs to your basic plan price. You need to check the total price you’re paying for everything you need.
  • Compare package values: Some ISPs are much better than others at similar prices. If you’re also including a phone as part of a package, you’ll soon see which are offering better value for money.

Be fussy, be patient, and compare your ISPs thoroughly. You’ll save money and get a much better ADSL plan.

ADSL2+ compared to ADSL

ADSL 2+ is fourth generation technology. It’s a big step up from previous ADSL, its ancestor, providing a lot more grunt and capacity. If you’re looking at purchasing one or the other from your internet service provider, you need to know the difference.

People tend to be confused between the two, simply because they’re both called “ADSL”. ADSL 2+ is a huge leap forward. The comparisons are very straightforward.


ADSL was the original broadband which replaced dialup services. It was also the first consumer service which didn’t involve disconnecting the phone to use the internet. It’s now almost obsolete, significantly slower and doesn’t have the performance capacity of ADSL2+.



ADSL 2+ has:

  • Higher speeds, up to a theoretical 24mbps
  • Faster upload and download speeds
  • Very high commercial functionality, able to handle busy networks
  • Mobile services
  • Wireless services
  • High level of reliability

Comparing ADSL and ADSL2+

The real difference is in performance. ADSL2+ compares to ADSL the way ADSL compared to dialup. The new technology eclipses the old. While ADSL is a proven technology, it’s hitting expiry date. It’s simply not as fast and can’t handle large amounts of data at anything like the same level of efficiency.

When you’re paying for services, ADSL2+ performance is a clear winner. The service is effectively seamless, with almost no downtime at all, and even with slow servers, it works well in both consumer and business roles.

For businesses, ADSL2+ is also a better option in terms of managing transactions, reducing lag time, and compensating for network and server slowness. The higher speeds are instantly noticeable, adding a lot of productivity and time saving by comparison.

If you’re comparing values, get ADSL2+, because ADSL simply can’t compete. Get the best now, and you’ll see the benefits. compares your internet connections using Telstra, Internode, Yes Optus, and Vodaphone servers. The test itself is quite straightforward. It pings, and then simply tests upload and download speeds for each provider. The results may not seem to vary much, but you can learn a lot in the comparison with best average speeds.

Using ADSL 2+, this reviewer got a consistent speed between providers, varying a little but not much, and averaging 6.15mbps. That number is compared with a global average of around 15mbps and a national average of about 12.5mbps. This iffy result was achieved using a reasonably fast, reliable custom clone PC running 3GB RAM.

Speed does matter. Studies have shown that users won’t wait for websites to load. Slow speeds are also one of the biggest issues in professional and commercial networks, and does give you the answers you want.


Getting your results

The test requires you to create an account to see your results, click a confirmation email, (the email arrives instantly) and then check your results. It couldn’t get much simpler, and you get a range of comparisons to work with.


  • Each provider and compare times
  • Check global average and national average

The comparison for most home computers most likely won’t be flattering. The fact is that most consumer level computers aren’t in the top range. You can use the result as a good rule of thumb for providers and that alone makes it worth doing.

This test is useful even if you’re not technically inclined, providing:

  • Clear results for each provider option
  • Simple testing procedure
  • Giving a comparison between server performances
  • Telling you that you have a problem, if you do

Use as a good basic overview. If it tells you that you have a speed problem, you do.

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