What are your local internet providers in the area?
Try signing up for a promotion, never pay full price!
For example, I have cable internet with Charter and I pay $29.99 a month for their 30/4 plan. Regular price is $54.99
It's a one year promotion, but at the end of the year I threaten to cancel my service and go somewhere else and they keep me at the same price.
Best Internet 1 = Great 5 = Bad
- Satellite - Not for gaming
- Dial-Up - Not for gaming
I got lucky when I had DSL I was close to the switching office for the phone company. The guy told me the more your away from the switching office the slower your speeds. I was getting around 7 megs download. I switched to my cable company when they came to our area and now get close to 70 megs download with a 15 ms ping. But for me DSL was great. I had a phone and internet package for 50 bucks. Did the job..This guy above installed my service. I am up and running..lol
I have cable and I get good speeds. I'm supposed to get 25Mbps down/2Mbps up and I do. Sometimes it's higher but I live real close (as in very, very, very close) to the hub connection server or server or whatever. When I had DSL I had 5Mbps down and 500Kbps up, it served me well.
Try fiber internet witch is cable
fiber is not "cable".
cable is coaxial cable... the very same cable used to watch TV with. uses copper wire for actuall signal transmission.
fiber itself, as an infrastructure, is a huge cable of bundled fiber optic fibers (it is essentially just a long piece of glass about .5mm thick).
On the outside it resembles any other cable . But inside is very different.
Fiber, is also not available everywhere. In most cases, if someone wanted Fiber, they'd have to pay an arm and a leg for it (almost literally).... I remember my old neighbor whos a doctor, spent $10k to get fiber routed to his home.
In most areas, people don't have a choice as to their internet service. OP is lucky to at least have a choice with DSL or Cable.
OP, you're going to have to do a few important things if you're thinking of switching to DSL.
You'll need to ask questions as to what its going to cost to feed a DSL line into your home
And what speeds you'll be paying for and how much your monthly bill will be.
The most important thing with online gaming, is not download or upload speed, it is PING. The latency of the data. (the lower the better)
When I first moved out on my own, I could only afford a 3/1 speed at $20/mo.... it was PLENTY for online gaming. My Ping was also between 5-25ms.
Even playing my first COD game (COD4), i was pretty beast. And the ping is what allowed that to happen.
Of course, having a speed that slow, did not allow me to multi-task like streaming a youtube video at the same time cause it would affect my ping.
If DSL can be half the cost of what you're paying now and have speeds comparable to what you already have, then go for it.
The only bad part about DSL is that, like others have said, the farther you are from their broadcast node/station, the slower your speeds will get.