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DSL vs. Cable to access PSN?

This is a discussion on DSL vs. Cable to access PSN? within the General PS3 Discussion forum, part of the Everything PlayStation; I keep hearing that DSL is better due to low latency and a constant connection any time of day... What's ...

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    DSL vs. Cable to access PSN?

    I keep hearing that DSL is better due to low latency and a constant connection any time of day...

    What's your opinion?

    I think that this could prove to be a very informative thread...
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    DSL because when I had cable I would constantly be kicked off.
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    People use cable to access PSN?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaRe_xLw View Post
    People use cable to access PSN?
    Meh...you know what I mean...don't be an ass...RoadRunner broadband for example...


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    Quote Originally Posted by bluechainsawman View Post
    Meh...you know what I mean...don't be an ass...RoadRunner broadband for example...
    Sorry if I offended you, I was only kidding.

    Anyway I did vote on the poll and I think DSL is a better choice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaRe_xLw View Post
    Sorry if I offended you, I was only kidding.

    Anyway I did vote on the poll and I think DSL is a better choice.
    No offense taken...


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    Well in my place we have 2 different ISP's: Bell and Rogers. Rogers is Cable and Bell is fiber optic DSL.

    Here's what my WIRELESS internet speeds are, which is with Bell DSL:

    I've had pings of <8ms when wired. The speedtest host is approx 10km away.


    I won't post a speed test of the rogers ISP because it would be an EXTREMELY biased comparison since she has a much lower end package, and her modem is much further away from my PS3. Her download is ~4mb/s, upload 0.5mb/s just to give you a rough idea tho

    The most important thing for a gamer, if you ask me, is PING. PING is the time it takes for your online game, and the online game server, to "shake hands" and exchange information. Now in an online PS3 game, most servers are P2P which means your PING is dependent on how close you are to the host, and if its a dedicated server, its still dependent on how close you are. It's all luck of the draw really. If you're close there should be minimal lag, if the host is on the other side of the world, you could have a $1000 internet package and you'll STILL lag. But what I find is that DSL provides a much faster PING, which is the most important thing for a gamer. If you play an online PC game, the in-game player list doesn't show download speeds and upload speeds of each user - it shows their PING. The better my PING, the quicker I can turn a corner, shoot you, and have my bullets "connect" with minimal lag, and DSL gives the best PING.

    Also, DSL generally has a much faster upload speed. So if you do any uploading to youtube, photobucket, send out a lot of emails, etc. you will love DSL for how quickly it can handle those tasks.

    If you mainly do a shitload of downloading, like if you get a lot of stuff on iTunes, stream a lot of netflix, or purchase a lot of games from PSN, cable ISP's usually have high end packages with extreme download speeds. Rogers for example, now has 50mb/s, which is way more than enough download speed

    So basically its a toss up between good ping, good upload and mediocre download with DSL, or mediocre ping, mediocre upload, and good download with cable. Choose what fits your everyday tasks/hobbies best.

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    Well, I have Rogers Cable internet and it's fine for me. I can access PSN just fine and have had no problems other than some maintenance once in a blue moon.

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    DSL for me.

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    I mainly use cable myself.

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    Well I have fios so my speed stays very constant, there isnt that sharing problem you see at peak times with cable and my ping is always great when checked so I can only speak through my experience. However when I had dsl it stunk.

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    Looks to be a split decision right now...


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    DSL is better in my opinion but for the past few days I've been getting random signouts and a message that my ethernet cable isn't plugged in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danko1900 View Post
    Well, I have Rogers Cable internet and it's fine for me. I can access PSN just fine and have had no problems other than some maintenance once in a blue moon.
    Same here, but I have no problem at all


    Quote Originally Posted by DaRe_xLw View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluechainsawman View Post
    Meh...you know what I mean...don't be an ass...RoadRunner broadband for example...
    DaRe was just joking around... I don't see why you had to get all defensive :stare:

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRAGON1NINJA View Post

    DaRe was just joking around... I don't see why you had to get all defensive :stare:
    Meh...Whatever...


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    i've used cable for a very long time now and i have no complaints with it. works just fine for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluechainsawman View Post
    Meh...Whatever...
    Yeah, that was a rhetorical question... I was hoping you would see how petty your comment was but sadly, it looks like you've done it again.

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    It also depends on your location to determine how stable your connection will be... I used cable for a good 10-12 years of my life... Sure the speeds were slightly faster than dsl, but the constant drops... It was a nightmare everyday. I called Roadrunner/comcast almost atleast once a week about the issues, got nothing but grief and they could never help me with the drops. I never switched over to DSL because I always heard it was slower and I needed the speed for online gaming and everyday activities...

    Well one day I finally had enough, switched and I never looked bad. Not only was DSL more reliable to me, it provides about the same speed connection for a cheaper rate too. And I've only had maybe 4 drops the past 5 years now. I'll never go back to cable, specially if its roadrunner/comcast.

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    I had cable internet when I was living in Souther CA. It was great there. Now I'm in Southern TX using the same provider and it blows. I'm two steps from going to DSL. If FiOs was available here, I'd already have it. Fiber Optic providers are always better.


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    It's honestly dependent on your ISP.

    I would honestly rule out DSL just because it's 2012. I'm actually surprised to hear that people still use DSL (then again, I'm from the northeast, so it's all about cable and fiber optic here at this point).

    Fiber optic should definitely be up there, because Verizon FIOS is leaps and bounds better than both.

    It's all about that "up to" when it comes to cable and fiber though, at least with DSL you are guaranteed your speed (it's just the nature of the technology) so if you have a terrible cable provider, than DSL will be better.

    Totally depends on region.

    I'd say if you have access to fiber though, then fiber is the best, hands down.

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