Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cable Internet

We are looking into switching from a wireless connection to a cable connection for our Internet source. Am I correct in saying that while wireless is half duplex, cable is full duplex and also has the advantage of not experiencing the latency that is inherent in a wireless connection?

Thoughts, comments, stones?



At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not so sure cable is full duplex. One of NCKL's larger libraries is trying to use a cable connection for the ELMeR video equipment. They had a Cox cable connection, one of the free ones. ELMeR wouldn't work with a darn outbound. To get a cable connection that could guarantee 1.5 mb/s outbound they had to contract for a 15 mb/s inbound still at only $300 to $400 per month. 15 in vs 1.5 in looks like asymmetrical to me.
-- Richard Miller

At 1:44 PM, Blogger twiggle said...

it's my understanding that most cable connections are NOT full duplex.

One of our libraries has cable internet for their public access machines at 20Mb down, 2Mb up, and a full duplex 3Mb fiber connection for the staff and any connections that might be used for video.

I wouldn't recommend cable for video conferencing, unless they can GUARANTEE you full duplex.

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