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Will using a splitter slow down my cable internet?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by ole Jason, May 24, 2004.


  1. ole Jason

    ole Jason Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Louisville, KY
    The apartment only has one cable outlet so in order to get tv and use the internet I had to install a splitter. I was already worried that this would slow down the internet but now my girlfriend informs me that she wants tv upstairs too. So now I'm going to have to split the thing twice. :( I haven't ran speed tests yet but I have a feeling it's gonna slow things down.
     
  2. i had a cable modem on a splitter... i never noticed it slowing down at all, but i was drinking a lot at the time.
     
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    In my experience, day-to-day web browsing shouldn't be noticeably slower, I've had my cable going through one splitter, two routers and a wireless hub before, and while it's probably not as fast as it could be, I still get 200+ k/sec downloads and Web browsing is never slow*. If it is drastically slower, so much that it's not much faster than 56k, then I'd ditch the cable and get DSL.





    *unless the server is really slow.
     
  4. vbass

    vbass

    May 7, 2004
    Bay Area, CA
    It won't slow it down at all if you're using a decent splitter.
     
  5. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I doubt you will notice anything at all. Get a good splitter though or your tv picture could suffer.
     
  6. Well. DSL is typically and consistantly faster than cable, just because of the amount of people who use it.

    But say you use cable at, say 3 or 4 in the morning. That cable is going to be so much faster than DSL. And in the wee hours of the morning I have seen transfers go 365 kps. Which is rather quick.
     
  7. ole Jason

    ole Jason Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Louisville, KY
    I can get 500k/sec on my cable off of really fast websites like download.com :) I'd rather not get DSL because I don't want to spend $30 a month for a phone line I don't need. Sounds like the splitters will work fine though, thanks guys
     
  8. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    :eyebrow:
     
  9. lbanks

    lbanks

    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    Dunno, my connect is pretty much at 2.2 to 2.6Mbs
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  10. vbass

    vbass

    May 7, 2004
    Bay Area, CA
    Actually, cable is usually a lot faster, especially the download rate. Unless you are paying $70+ a month, but for the dsl lines that you get around the price that cable is, cable is a much better choice, usually is more stable also.
     
  11. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    You two! Stop the madness! It depends on what you pay for, where you live (more important for DSL) and how many people are "in your pool". It's meaningless to say one os faster than the other unless you are next door to each other and talking about the same price point.

    an example: for just shy of $50USD in my area I can get 1.5mbps dsl or 3mbps cable. Cable wins.
     
  12. vbass

    vbass

    May 7, 2004
    Bay Area, CA
    tru dat
     
  13. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    I pay 45/mo. and get consistant 300+ k/sec downloads. Luckily i am in a neighborhood of older people who probably won't use cable internet if they use the net at all. So my connection is fast. My friend has DSL in a more populated area, and gets about 150 or 200. I can;t remember which. But mine is just a tas faster than his. But his is cheaper. But I can't get DSL here. So, cable it is!
     
  14. unharmed

    unharmed Iron Fishes

    May 19, 2003
    London, England
    Alright, I'll weigh in here as well ;)

    The other thing to remember is that DOCSIS networks (cable) are a 'shared medium'. That is, you share the available bandwidth with everybody else on your local segment.

    xDSL is a dedicated medium. That is, whatever bandwidth you get between you and the DSLAM in the local exchange (and this depends on factors like those mentioned above eg. distance from the exchange) is dedicated to you. Nobody else shares it.

    Now to confuse things a bit more, this only covers the local-loop or the connection from the local exchange to to your house. Once the connection gets to the local exchange then there is an upstream link to the ISP's network. All ISPs over-subscribe these upstream links. For example, they may use a 10Mb/s upstream link to connect 13 users with 1Mb/s connections. They can do this because it is extremely unlikely that all 13 users will be trying to use their full 1Mb/s at any one time.

    Of course, once your traffic hits the Internet then all bets are off with regards to available bandwidth. Your packets have to fight it out with everybody else's. :D