T1 VS. Cable

Are you facing difficulties making the right decision choosing between T1 and Cable? Any of them could be best suitable depending upon your need and budget. Before making a choice read this article carefully. You will find out the strengths and weaknesses of both T1 and Cable.

Let us examine both T1 and Cable with the following parameters:

  1. Speed
  2. Reliability
  3. Cost
  4. Efficiency
  5. Service quality
  6. Coverage
  7. Flexibility
  8. Restrictions

A crucial component of any solid technology infrastructure is high speed internet access. In terms of speed we must be careful while making conclusions because of certain factors that need due consideration. Cable connected directly to a single house is faster than T1 line when it is connected to fewer computers. But this is not the case when the number of people using the same connection increases. The same cable is connected to many homes and hence the advertised speed can not be realized especially at peak hours when a lot of people are using the network. For instance, if more people in your area use the internet in the evenings you are going to experience very low speed in the evenings if all of you have subscribed to the same cable internet network. In countries where there are enough cable providers, cables do outperform T1 in terms of speed. The advantage which T1 has is the dedicated bandwidth (you don’t share with your neighbors like cable). A full 1.54 mbps with T1 line is always constant as against 5-20 Mbps advertised by cable but not realizable in most places.

In terms of reliability, T1 is to be preferred. The reasons are not far fetched. First, T1 lines are dedicated channels that deliver same download and upload speed (synchronous). Cable is asynchronous, meaning it offers different download and upload speed – usually large download and small upload speed. In addition, cable internet access is considered for residential use. This is a disadvantage to cable because whenever you experience an outage the telephone company supplying you the line will not give your restoration any priority. T1 network is a business class internet access and they hardly experience outage. And if at all there is an outage, priority will always be given to immediate restoration of your internet connection.

Another factor to consider is the cost of installation and service. In terms of the cost, cable is far cheaper than T1 line. T1 line is more expensive because it offers dedicated bandwidth (1.45Mbps up and 1.54Mbps down). The high cost of T1 line is compensated by its ability to handle multiple work stations.

For business use, the T1 line is more efficient than cable. Since a T1 line has 24 channels, it can handle many computers at the same time. This is a great advantage for multi-client networks.

T1 line offers a higher quality service than cable. It has guaranteed speed and is highly reliable. T1 line runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

T1 line is available nearly anywhere. Cable is available in few areas and the line is quite often over subscribed except in some countries having a multitude of service providers. T1 becomes the best available option in places which do not have cable.

T1 line is a high quality internet service which provides a solid foundation for advanced applications such as, VOIP, VPN and web server. As a business class internet access, T1 line is not subject to any form of restriction from the Internet Service provider (ISP). T1 ISP does not have any form of policy that restricts commercial use, mail hosting and web hosting. As a T1 subscriber you enjoy static IP address. With cable network, static IP address is only available when you pay a fee.

In summary, the following is a list of the advantages which T1 line has over the Cable:

  1. T1 offers dedicated bandwidth while cable offers bandwidth which fluctuates depending on the number of people using the service at a particular time.
  2. T1 line has reliable speed. It could be slower than cable but does not fluctuate.
  3. T1 line has 24 channels which enables it to handle many computers at the same time.
  4. T1 is rated as business class and so gets quicker attention in case of an outage.
  5. T1 is available almost everywhere. Cable has limited coverage.
  6. T1 does not have restrictions in terms of application.
  7. T1 lines have static IP addressing.
  8. T1 ISP does not block ports.
  9. T1 ISP offers Service Level Agreements, meaning that you have the privilege of calling technicians of your ISP and working directly with them to fix any problem which could arise.
  10. With T1 line you have the capacity to host DNS.

It is advisable to go for cable on two conditions. First, if you need affordable internet service for residential purposes and if you can get a direct cable connection directly to your business premises. This could minimize your expenses. However, if you need a business class internet access of unequalled performance, quality, reliability and flexibility, then you must opt in for the T1 line.