DSL vs. Cable - Uploading Files

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  1. T. Fish

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    I am using ASPUpload on our church website www.spbcfw.org to upload sermons. At home I have the cheapest DSL setup that SBC/Yahoo offers. At church we have the cheapest Cable setup that Charter Cable offers. If I read the figures correctly, it should take less time to upload the file (between 2MB and 3MB each) at church than what it does from my home computer. Both computers are fairly new, so the computer should not be an issue. At home I have always been able to upload a file within the default 90 second timeout that was set for the website. At church we ran into a problem because it was frequently taking longer than 90 seconds. I have increased the timeout and it works. Has anyone else noticed cable taking a lot longer than DSL to upload files?
     
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    I had SBC DSL at one time and it took much longer than the cable I have now. Personally I like cable much better. Have never had one problem with it. But when I had DSL it had problems several times a year. Recently with all the viruses and sending numerous Emails I have not had one problem with the cable company. I still use my old SBC adress to receive mail and received about 5000 Emails yesterday but not one through the cable company. Plus because I have internet through the cable company it reduced my cable bill to 7 dollars instead of the regular 12 dollars.
     
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    Cable speeds depend on how many are using it at the same time. The more that are on it, the slower it gets.

    Ask anyone in a college town how slow their cable internet connections get at the start of every fall semester.

    In Christ,
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  4. T. Fish

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    The number of people in the area using cable could be what is causing my problem. There have been several apartment complexes built recently. It could be the cable company didn't account for the growth.
     
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    Cable is a shared bandwidth network, most areas are properly planned for, perhaps you are not in one. DSL is more point to point, so you get a more consistent speed, although many times it is slower in its maximum available speed.

    At one of my customer sites, we have a DSL line from SBC, and it runs much slower than my 3mb Cable at home, also from Charter. I can clock my home connection at somewhere around 2.95 mb on dsl reports, even during the evening when the traffic is high. The DSL at work can run as slow as 500k download during the day, a highly frustrating event, and one that SBC has heard about several times.

    If you are uploading files, remember that the upload speed is much slower than the download speed. That may be the difference. When I push web pages up it takes longer than the same amount of data coming down. Although with most broadband, you should hardly notice unless the file sizes are huge. my cable upload speed is 500k
     
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    Go to CNET and test your actual connect speeds. In our area the available DSL was running at about 30% of their advertised speeds and Cable about 30% faster.
     
  7. Gup20

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    Whatever service you get will post the speeds of your connection. For example, if you have dial up, you are using a 56k modem, typically.

    Most DSL services advertise a 640k download speed matched with a 256k upload speed. (at least that's what it is in Minneapolis, MN)

    I use comcast cable as my ISP. I get 6000k download and 768k upload speed.

    What I have found is that DSL seems to be cheaper, but slower. Cable seems to be faster, but more expensive.

    If you want business lines, you can pay a LOT more than DSL or cable for a business line (such as T1's or T3's). Those are basically going to have a much larger upload speed - or an upload that is consistent with the download. For example, a T1 would be 1500k up and 1500k down. You will notice most ISP services for personal users will shy away from faster upload speeds compared to the download speeds. That's because they are marketed toward home users and individuals. Unfortunately, if you need a lot of upload speed, then you will pay more.
     
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    They are also discouraging you from hosting a website on your home connection, they generally frown on that as far as any sort of significant bandwidth. With slower upload speed, page loads for other folks would be rather slow, if you want great upload speed, you usually have to purchase a business plan that has a static IP, another valuble feature if you want to host.
     

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