cable will give you uber-fast download speeds but your upload might be capped kinda low (1500/128kbps). compartively, dsl has slower download speeds but faster upload speeds (384/256kbps), so they're more in the middle... and usually more expensive.
Cable is pretty good.. I'm using it now since DSL is not available in the area I just moved to.. as mentioned DSL speed is reliant upon your distance from the central office.. if you can get a line resistance around than 300-400ohms or lower you will get very good speed... you would need to ask your telco specifially for that information..
Thanks a lot Everyone, just needed a little second opinion feedback soft of thing. Went out and got Road Runner Kit. Cable... Yay! Finally, I get away from this poor excuse of an internet provider, America Online.
i've used both cable and dsl, while some say cable is better and some say dsl is better. i've noticed only a performance difference with cable. cable is much better if you can get it uncapped, otherwise they are the same in my experience.
i've have both 1.5 down/128 up cable and dsl for roughly the same price.
I see you're in NYC, wouldn't happen to have OOL would ya, if so, then you're already uncapped, capped means they have restrictions on your speeds, up and down, hence some people having 2mbps down, 1.5, etc, same with up.
OOL in the tri-state area up there has 10mbps down, 1mbps up.
just saw you have 56k, in your sig.
In that case, GET OOL! I know I would if i lived up there..
depends on where you live in the NY-metro area...i live in astoria, queens, and OOL ain't available here. no DSL, either. road runner was the only choice, unless i wanted to switch my local and LD carrier to Verizon, then i could get some DSL options. but i hate Verizon...