OT? T1 vs Cable Modem
by Steve Wilkison on Nov 24, 2004 at 12:29:12 am
This may be a bit off topic. I'm having a discussion/argument with a friend. He has a T1 line. I have Comcast Cable Modem. I say a T1 line can only download up to 1.5 Mbps whereas a cable modem can download up to 10Mbps, so obbviously a cable modem is much, much faster. He says his T1 line downloads at 100Mbps! I say no way. I've searched all over the net but can't quite find the evidence I need. Can anyone clear this up for me? Which is faster, T1 or cable modem? And can you back that up with evidence or point me to some? Thanks!
Re: OT? T1 vs Cable Modem by Philip Hodgetts on Nov 24, 2004 at 12:47:27 am
"T1 is a digital communications link that enables the transmission of voice, data, and video signals at the rate of 1.544 million bit per second (Mb/s). Introduced in the 1960s, it was initially used by telephone companies who wished to reduce the number of telephone cables in large metropolitan areas."
Big difference between a "T" series and cable modem - the T series is guaranteed bandwidth whereas Cable is shared within the "block". Cable can be faster download than T1, or it can be slower depending on the type of cable connection and the traffic on the cable block at the time. Upload will always be faster on the T connection.
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