How do you decide between ADSL and cable modems for Internet access? Here in BC, these are the differences. In your area details may vary. Best to measure actual subscribers. Sales literature presumes theoretically perfect conditions and then stretches the truth a bit further.
|Benefits of ADSL vs Cable modems in BC Canada|
|/month including modem||/month including modem|
|consistent bandwidth availability||Speed varies drastically by time of day since you share a cable with your neighbours.|
|private line to phone company.||shared line to cable company, fairly easy for other subscribers to snoop on your traffic.|
|3 email addresses, you can also have aliases, but they all forward to the same account. You get them via the add product menu as if you were ordering new services. You can freely access via pop3, smtp or webmail from a non-Telus ISP (Internet Service Provider).||3 email addresses. You can only access via webmail from a non-Shaw ISP.|
|5 static IP addresses for the small business package, 2 dynamic IP for home users. You get a different IP every time you reboot your router.||2 dynamic IP that stay stable for months even when you neboot the router.|
|Install requires windows software, IE (Internet Explorer) and ActiveX enabled (arrgh!). Install insists on using DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol).||no special software required.|
|2 weeks wait for install.||3 weeks wait for install.|
|10 MB for your personal website||seven 10 MB personal websites|
|fast newsserver. Keeps a months of backlog||newsserver too slow for on demand use; must queue up a batch. Keeps only a week or so of old posts.|
|Two account names with two passwords(usually the same) and should not duplicate any email id or be easily guessable. The OCA (Online Customer Access) account is for registering your MAC (Media Access Control) address, the globally unique ID burned into your Ethernet card. The login account is for administration of email, your website etc. You cannot change these. In addition there are 3 user-changeable email accounts. These can each have aliases, that are automatically forwarded to the actual account. You have also your phone number and your account number. In addition each email account has three account names. Telus use the word account for all of these names. It is mind boggling. Some consistent terminology, with a glossary would help: phone number, billing account, OCA account, Internet account, email account, alias name.||A numeric account number; a customer care account name and the modem serial number also acts as an account id. In addition each email acount has a name.|
|transparently shares your phone line.||transparently shares your cable TV connection. (If you don’t have one, it is extra.)|
|online database claims services is available, but you discover it is not when you talk to a human. New ADSL equipment allows sites formerly disqualified to be used.||online database claims services is available, but you discover it is not when you talk to a human.|
|Heavily advertises the service. May move into entertainment content using the same link.||Heavily advertises the service. Phone service available through companies like Vonage over the same link.|
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