Cable Internet providers

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Cable internet uses the same lines that provide cable television to bring Internet into your home. The signals are interpreted by a cable modem, which can tell the difference between a television signal and an Internet signal and filters the signals so you get Internet on your device.

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Pros and cons of cable Internet

Cable Internet is available wherever you can get cable television service, and you can usually find a good bundle that combines Internet service with cable television.
If you can’t get cable television in your area, you also won’t be able to get cable Internet. Also, you share a service hub with other customers in your area, which means service might be slower during peak hours.
If cable is available in your area, cable Internet can be an affordable option for Internet. If you live far from the nearest cable hub, however, you may need to seek another alternative.

FAQ's about cable Internet

Is cable Internet fast?

Cable Internet is faster than DSL because it offers more bandwidth. However, it also operates on a shared network, meaning many connections might share the same line. So while upload and download speeds are significantly faster than with DSL, they might be congested at peak hours when a lot of households are using the Internet.

How does cable Internet work?

Your cable provider transmits your cable TV to a box that connects to your television set. They broadcast your Internet in a similar way, but to a modem rather than a cable box.

How reliable is cable Internet?

Thanks to its greater bandwidths, cable Internet can transfer more data at higher speeds than DSL and may already be part of your infrastructure. This makes it as reliable as you can get while also making speeds in the hundreds of MB available.