What are the additional questions I should ask regarding cable internet service?
Posted on 2011-03-22
Currently, I have an ADSL line that averages about 75 to 80KB/Second download speed. The service is advertised at up to 3000 kbps incoming and 512 kbps outgoing.
I am considering switching to broadband coaxial cable with my local cable TV company. For Rd Rnnr service they have:
1. 7 MB "Standard" &
2. 15 MB "Turbo" service.
There is no limit to the amount of bandwidth usage per month. Their customer service representative says that I can expect at least 100 times more bandwidth at 7MB/Second. My rough calculation of increased download speed in KB/Second is:
1. 7,000,000/80,000 = 87.5 times faster (close, but not quite 100 times faster).
2. 15,000,000/80,000 = 187.5 times faster.
My house was build in 1996. I recently had a TIVO installed. The service man said my coaxial cable is "old". The incoming cable from outside to the splitter has the following information printed on the cable: E83032 F660bvv. Out from the splitter, the information is: E761s1 RG59U.
1. Is my calculation roughly correct ( within +/- 25% correct)?
2. What are the main Gotcha's regarding coaxial cable internet service?
3. Could the older cable significantly affect internet download speed?