"Broadband" is a term used to refer to high-speed internet
connections. Connections via cable modem and Digital Subscriber Line
(DSL) are frequently referred to as broadband Internet connections.
"Bandwidth" is the term used to describe the relative speed of a
network connection -- for example, most current dial-up modems can support a
bandwidth of 56 kbps (thousand bits per second). There is no set bandwidth
threshold required for a connection to be referred to as "broadband,"
but it is typical for connections in excess of 1 Megabit per second (Mbps) to
be so named.
is cable modem access?
A cable modem allows a single computer (or network of computers) to connect
to the Internet via the cable TV networking system. The cable modem usually has
an Ethernetconnection to the computer
and is capable of speeds of 5 Mbps or more.
Typical speeds tend to be lower than the maximum, however, since cable
providers turn entire neighborhoods into networks that share the same
bandwidth. Because of this sharing of the bandwidth, cable modem users
may experience somewhat slower network performance during times of peak demand.
You may also be more susceptible to risks such as packet sniffing and
unprotected windows shares than users with other types of connectivity. That’s where Firewalls and Routers can keep
your neighbors from browsing your last vacation pictures.
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Internet connectivity, unlike cable
modem-based service, provides the user with dedicated bandwidth. However, the
maximum bandwidth available to DSL users is usually lower than the maximum
cable modem rate because of differences in their respective network
technologies. Also, the "dedicated bandwidth" is only dedicated between
your home and the DSL provider's central office -- the providers offer little
or no guarantee of bandwidth all the way across the Internet. Because you have
a dedicated line to your provider, internet performance is less likely to slow
down when internet traffic is at its peak.
DSL access is not as susceptible to packet sniffing as cable modem access,
but many of the other security risks will apply to both DSL and cable modem access.
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