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Just wanting to know what my options are.
I am in the middle of building a new house. Kinda out in the country, so no cable tv, or cable internet :(
What are my options, as far as DSL ,Sat Etc..... Pros- Cons etc...
07-01-04, 07:12 AM
Most likely Satellite is your only option, if cable isn't available I wouldn't think DSL would be either.
07-01-04, 07:26 AM
When you call the phone company to get your telephone setup, ask about DSL
When you call your TV company about getting cable TV setup, ask about cable internet
Satellite often takes some looking around to see what's available.
Pros and cons of each?
DSL...distant dependent, the farther you are from the CO, the slower you go. Often have to be within 17,500 feet of the local CO to get DSL. But...what you see is what you get 24/7 performance wise, as it's very consistant. Often better for gaming than cable, "usually" less latency. But if comparing the basic package of each, overall download/upload rates are usually lower than DSL
Cable...not distance dependent, so doesn't matter how far away you live. Usually faster download/upload speeds than DSL if you're comparing the basic package of each. Performance often fluctuates, as it's more of a shared bandwidth technology than DSL. You're basically sharing your local node with your neighbors. Now if you live out in the sticks, this isn't much of an issue. If you're living in a densly populated area, you may experience more of a slowdown during peak hours. Some cable ISP's do a good job of providing adequate bandwidth based on # of customers, while some cable ISP's oversell their bandwidth..so dense areas suffer in performance.
Satellite...fine for basic web use, but there's added latency, so gaming it's fun, and if you VPN to the office a lot to do various things...can find it pokey. Most broadband routers won't work with satellite internet.
I also notice more people experience problems setting up routers to cable, than DSL.
Here's another tip: While you have them working in the house, be sure to put some hardwire ethernet in the walls in a few locations. You may go wireless, but even then, those wired outlets can come in handy for placing Wireless Access points.
The attic is a great place to have a cable. So too, the area where you will bring in telephone, cable or sat tv connections. If you've got a basement office (or office designed anywhere in the house) be sure it gets some hardwires!
Lord, I wish my builder had thought of it!
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