Vague bandwidth/network question

Tiras25
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Wonder your folks opinion.  How do you approach this questions from executives.  
 "what do you think is better 74Mb DSL or 60Mb cable?"  :)
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David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
Both are slow for an actual business.

Almost all major cities have 1G symmetric Fiber available.

When people ask me, I always suggest the 1G symmetric Fiber option.
SouljaSr.Net.Eng
Top Expert 2011

Commented:
Need more information. For what scenario are they asking the compare the two?

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He's got Comcast 50Mb cable.  Thinking of switching to DSL 75Mb.  Its cheaper.

It's for personal home/office location.
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Sr.Net.Eng
Top Expert 2011
Commented:
Unless the DSL provider is horrible. That is a no brainer.

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Thanks.  DSL is AT&T.
SouljaSr.Net.Eng
Top Expert 2011
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Historically, I have always considered cable better than DSL. Especially, in the early days of broadband. Latency for DSL service was always poorer compared to Cable. DSL service and latency was effected by the customer distance from their central office. DSL has improved since as well as cable. In this case, 25Mbps difference and being cheaper just seems the way to go. Though I have seen cable provider allow speed burst passed their subscribed limit. Something to take into consideration. My main reason in this case is the cheaper cost.

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Got it. Maybe makes sense to ask AT&T the distance from the house to the Hub.
SouljaSr.Net.Eng
Top Expert 2011
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That would be a good question. Cause while they can offer 75Mbps, that doesn't mean he will get it. DSL service in my area by ATT is poor specifically because the CO is farther and old and outdated hardware in it. They can only offer 12Mps..lol!

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Gotcha!     What would be an 'acceptable' distance from the house to the CO?
SouljaSr.Net.Eng
Top Expert 2011
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There are a lot of factors, but I was stay within a mile or two. The closer the better.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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In a rural or less dense are, distance from the Central Office is important.

In dense urban areas, there are enough CO locations to make 60 Mbit/sec DSL identical with 60 Mbit/sec cable for all practical purposes.
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018

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I'd agree with John that same speed... is same speed for DSL + Cable depending on time of day.

I use to run TWC cable at home (before Google Fiber dropped in neighborhood). This worked great during the day, then at night when everyone got home + started streaming Netflix connectivity became a bit glitchy.

So cable is find in residential areas, during the day or business areas at night.

DSL or any point-to-point connections will tend to be more consistent (speed + low latency wise) all day, independent of other nearby users.

Also what John said is also important.

If you're in a rural area, you pretty much have to take what you get, that works with your budget.

You can always play games with router QOS or run a Linux DMZ machine with tc to gloss over any problems with slow connections.

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