Finding the best internet connection for your home or business can be a daunting task. If you don’t know your way around the different types of internet connections, you will probably feel overwhelmed the second you start looking at options. Going on blind faith without knowledge doesn’t usually work out well!
So, in an attempt to help build your arsenal of knowledge, let’s look at some characteristics of fiber optic internet and cable internet, two of the more popular connection options:
Fiber Optic Internet
Fiber internet is the newest (and best) internet connection available today. Its technology is unrivaled! Here’s how it works: Data is sent through small glass fibers that transmit light. This makes the rate of data transfer quicker and more reliable, especially over long distances.
You may be wondering, “What makes fiber superior to other connection types?” Luckily, there are many answers to that question! Not only is it incomparable in speed, but it is first in line when it comes to reliability. Since it is immune to drastic fluctuations of temperature, water submersion, and power outages, it rises above the competition with ease. Also, since a private network is set up when your fiber connection is installed, the risk of being hacked drops dramatically.
Here’s the deal: Your decision to go for fiber internet at your home or office will probably come down to one bottom line…costs. While installation may seem a bit pricey, don’t let that deter you from going with the fiber optic option. You won’t find many fiber customers that regret their internet connection decision. This is mostly because of the unprecedented services fiber offers and the lack of maintenance needed! Just install and you are off to a faster, safer internet experience!
Cable internet is considered the “traditional” type of high-speed internet connection. Like its name suggests, cable internet uses a cable television’s infrastructure to transmit data. Basically, if you have cable internet, you are receiving your television and internet services through the same cable connection.
Now, cable internet differs from fiber internet in many ways. Speed differs from fiber because with cable internet, you are sharing a copper-based line with your television service. This can cause slow-downs, or “lags,” in your internet speed during high traffic times. Also, if you experience flooding, strong storms, etc. your cable internet will cease the moment your power does. Not good!
While it’s true that cable internet can be offered at lower prices than fiber, you must think about costs in the long run. Where fiber doesn’t require maintenance, cable most definitely will. When your cable connection is damaged or just needing an update in equipment, maintenance and labor costs will ensue.
Simply put: Fiber optic internet and cable internet are two connections that have the same goal (to connect you to the internet), but very different ways of reaching that goal. We know the drawbacks of having a non-fiber connection because we have all been there! But, guess what? You don’t have to live with those frustrations anymore. You can move into an eco-friendly, life-enriching, fiber optic internet future.
Still got any questions? Here’s another blog post which has covered what exactly is good internet speed – https://www.aurafiber.com/what-is-a-good-internet-speed/
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