As the name implies, cable Internet service is usually piped into a home via the "Cable TV" cable. The cable mustgo through a hub or router to properly send Internet signals, requiring in-home setup by the provider---unlike dial-upservice, which can be more easily installed directly by the user. Cable provides a number of speeds based on price;however, even if a higher speed is purchased by the consumer, the connection may still be limited if the computer'sinternal Ethernet card is slow and outdated.
Typically more expensive than both dial-up and cable, T1 has impressive bandwidth best suited for businesses ormultiple home computers. T1 is less widely available than cable high-speed Internet, further diminishing its relevanceas a personal Internet service. When high-speed Internet first posed a direct challenge to dial-up, T1 was more readily offered as an alternative to cable. This is no longer the case, and T1 has fallen into niche business markets.
Wi-Fi service is wireless Internet, typically provided via cable connections; however dial-up and T1 wireless arealso possible. Wireless takes an Internet input and broadcasts it wirelessly. Wi-Fi signal strength and speed dependlargely on the wireless router used to broadcast the signal; however, internal and external wireless cards used to pick upthe signal do have some impact on the transfer rate. Wi-Fi is typically part of a broader Internet package. However, with Wi-Fi capable routers available at major retailers, it's also possible for consumers to set up their own wireless networksindependently of their normal Internet service provider. Wi-Fi is also increasingly offered for free at many publiclocations like restaurants, bookstores and coffee shops.
Internet service is offered through many companies. The various types of Internet can be augmented withthird-party service plans and customer support for a better Internet experience. Generally speaking, most brands aresimilar, and the transfer speed of each connection remains the most important element to consider. Popular companiesinclude Road Runner, Charter Communications and AT&T. In some cases, the type of service and the Internet ServiceProvider (ISP) are limited based on region. In large cities, several providers will compete for your business, while insmaller areas, one company may have a pseudo monopoly on Internet service.
Advantage & Disadvantage
Cable and DSL Internet access are both well known by most computer users, as those in urban areas typically haveaccess to one or both of these tes of Internet connections. However satellite Internet access ma be less known.