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    Fiber Optic vs. Cable Internet

    For the home, we have no choice, but to use Cox Communications if we want cable internet. As of late, crews are putting in fiber optics to every house in this community hosted by Zona Communications. I don't know much about fiber optics, but dedicated broadband does sound nice.... in theory. Would it really make that much of a difference though?

    With Cox, I am currently on a 25mbs down and 5mbs up for $65.

    With Zona, the closest package in price would be 20mbs down and 5mbs up for $60.


    What do you guys think? School me please.

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    Re: Fiber Optic vs. Cable Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by *Rob View Post
    ur awesome savage, just fyi

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    go fiber

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    Re: Fiber Optic vs. Cable Internet

    You probably won't notice much of a difference. It all depends on how reliable your provider is. I am happy with Verizon FIOS, but their equipment really sucks. I am on my third router/modem and I still have to shut it down once/day as I lose connection.

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    Re: Fiber Optic vs. Cable Internet

    It varies month to month with Cox. One month it runs like a champ, the next I'm restarting my modem every day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toker View Post
    It varies month to month with Cox. One month it runs like a champ, the next I'm restarting my modem every day...
    You should see comcast >.<


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    Quote Originally Posted by *Rob View Post
    ur awesome savage, just fyi

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    Re: Fiber Optic vs. Cable Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by Savage' View Post
    You should see comcast >.<


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    I've heard the horror stories. The thing I'm really after is to see if I would always have a constant solid d/l speed. With cable, there are definitely peek hours where the whole neighborhood is soaking it up. With fiber I won't have that problem, I guess...

    So if they run lines directly to the house and it is "modemless", dont you still use a router or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toker View Post
    I've heard the horror stories. The thing I'm really after is to see if I would always have a constant solid d/l speed. With cable, there are definitely peek hours where the whole neighborhood is soaking it up. With fiber I won't have that problem, I guess...

    So if they run lines directly to the house and it is "modemless", dont you still use a router or something?
    Yeah. Modem is the thing usually provided to you by your provider.


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    Quote Originally Posted by *Rob View Post
    ur awesome savage, just fyi

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    Re: Fiber Optic vs. Cable Internet

    fiber is so much better. Its digital. A cable modem is analog. It uses a wave signal to transmit your data over the long stretch from your house to your providers interface where it is switched from analog back to digital on the internet backbone. Its pretty much the same as an analog phone line but the thicker coaxial cable has more bandwidth than a traditional twisted pair phone line. Fiber on the other hand is digital all the way to your PC. It isn't switched to analog. It will give a far superior and stable signal with little to no interference like you get with cable. I will switch to fiber in a heart beat if it ever comes to my area. Something you need to find out about though. Does that fiber optic company give you a dedicated digital circuit for $60? Cable modems are on shared circuits. Where I live we have what are called "snowbirds" or "winter visitors" that move here for the warm winters then leave before the summer heat hits. My cable service is phenomenal when they aren't here but when they roll into town my cable modem circuit goes above 80% utilization during prime hours and my data rates get throttled back. I finally got them to split my area into two circuits this year so I shouldn't have that problem next year. With DSL you have a dedicated circuit and your data rate is guaranteed and it doesn't matter how many other people in your neighborhood also have the service as they will each have there own circuit. If Fiber is dedicated like DSL then it will end up being KING. Either way it's still better than cable if you can get it.
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    Re: Fiber Optic vs. Cable Internet

    I'll be switching to Fiber as well as soon as it's available where we're at.

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