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Old 07-31-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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I think I've finally got my wife agreed to go ahead and bundle the DSL when they do our installation on Friday which means we would lose our charter email and internet. However, are there any disadvantages of DSL vs Cable. Currently our cable internet works flawless and our netgear router easily syncs to all the ipads/phones/laptops etc. and our PS3 syncs up easily as well. I have read that the Uverse dsl can be more difficult to network between two computers as well as syncing up with PS3's and ipods. I like the idea of bundling everything together and getting the $200 rebate however since my cable internet works so well I kinda of hate to mess with switching. Also are the longer ping times an issue for online gaming. Feedback appreciated.
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The number one advantage to U-verse DSL over cable internet (and really applies to ANY DSL service vs. cable) is it's a dedicated line. You're not sharing your available internet bandwidth with your neighbors. There is no such thing as a speed dropout at peak times (generally 5pm-12am), because there is no peak times. You'll get consistent and constant throughput.

I would say the number one disadvantage U-verse DSL has vs. cable internet is the speeds available. Depending on how far you are from the distribution node, will determine your maximum possible speed with U-verse. But remember, even if your assigned speed is somewhat lower than what you had with cable, you'll probably find that you get more consistent and constant speeds, again, because of the fact that the line is dedicated.

I have had zero issues with anything connecting over wifi to the U-verse router. Ever. We have 2 laptops, one desktop, my iPhone, my iPad, and my better half's iPad and Android phone all connecting wirelessly. I also previously had an Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii all wireless as well. When I bought a stand alone Blu-Ray player, it didn't have built-in wifi so I asked for a tech to come back out to move my router into the living room so I could take advantage of the LAN ports on the back of it. When the tech got there, rather than doing that, he converted one of our phone jacks in the living room to Ethernet and gave us a switch to use instead. For free.

As far as ping times... Ping is generally determined by your distance to the server you're connected to. It shouldn't have anything to do with which type of internet service you're using. That can change of course when you're dealing with data over cellular like 3G etc. But that's because with that, you're having to travel to the nearest tower, and then to the nearest server. That can make a huge difference in ping times as I understand it.
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Do you mean uverse internet or ATT DSL? They are not the same thing.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:51 AM   #4
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Do you mean uverse internet or ATT DSL? They are not the same thing.
They are both DSL and pretty close to the same thing.
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they are closwe to the same thing, but with VDSL (U-verse) there are higher DL rates available and you average UL is 2-3 faster than ADSL (Tradition DSL)
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Do you mean uverse internet or ATT DSL? They are not the same thing.
Because we're in the U-verse forum, I'm speaking specifically of U-verse DSL. I always try to label it as such, but might have missed it a couple times.

Also, you cannot sign up for regular AT&T DSL and still have another U-verse service.
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they are closwe to the same thing, but with VDSL (U-verse) there are higher DL rates available and you average UL is 2-3 faster than ADSL (Tradition DSL)
They work the same way, though. ADSL could have delivered higher download and upload rates, but none of that technology has been upgraded in 10 years and AT&T stopped developing it when they went the VDSL route.
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