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The Different Types of Broadband and their Advantages

Broadband is one of the best things that we have access to. Being able to use the internet from home gives us the comfort of accessing the entire world without having to move out of our bed. Access to the internet has ensured that we are a generation that has access to as much education as we could possibly need, as well as allowing us to be connected to almost everywhere in the world.

Being able to use broadband at home is one of the most beneficial things that we as humans have had access to, yet it can also be one of the most frustrating things in our home. Unless you have struck gold or live in a very convenient location, it is unlikely that you will find an internet service that will provide a constant and consistent stream of internet.

For some people, this may be extremely frustrating, especially given the current climate and our newfound dependency on being able to access the internet. No matter how many times you change internet providers, you may have also noticed that there remains to be no change to your internet quality. Something that not many people know is that the type of broadband that you use could be having an effect on the quality of your internet. Some people may not even know that there are different types of broadband. Here are the different types of broadband and their advantages.

High-Speed Cable

One of the most popular ways and the way in which you are probably familiar when it comes to accessing the internet is through the use of a cable provider. When you set up a contract with a cable company, then usually gives you access to a range of stations as well as the internet.  You are probably aware of fiber optic cables, well those are what are used in order to send light signals to different regions that require the internet.  Once these signals reach a town or rural area, they are then converted into digital signals which are then distributed by coaxial cables, which link straight to your home or business.

Pros of high-speed cable

One of the biggest pros of using a high-speed cable is that it is considered to be generally reliable. The internet speeds that you can expect from the use of a high-speed cable are among some of the highest on the list. A high-speed cable also means that you will have no problems when it comes to accessing all of the streaming services that you know and love and you don’t have to worry about having to settle on regular television that you don’t want to watch.

Cons of high-speed cable

Though high-speed cable is generally considered to be quite good, this is really dependent on the speed in your general area. If you are someone that lives in a rural and isolated place, then it is unlikely that your internet connection is going to reach your desired speed. You may also experience poor internet quality if you live in a busy area, as many people using the internet are only going to slow it down, which can be extremely annoying. On top of that, getting cable internet can actually be extremely expensive. Many people spend close to one hundred dollars a month just so they can get access to the internet, and if you want your speeds to be even faster you can expect to pay more.

Satellite cable

Satellite cable essentially works by connecting your internet dish to a space satellite. This network doesn’t rely on cables like many of the other options, instead, the broadband is transmitted wirelessly via satellite dish. The best way to understand it is by comparing it to what you are probably familiar with, which is satellite TV. The only real difference between the two is that satellite tv only receives information, whereas with satellite broadband you can both send and receive data.

The pros of satellite cable

One of the biggest positives of using satellite cable is that satellite broadband is a good alternative for some people that live in rural areas and won’t have many other internet options. Satellite cable is really advertised towards people with limited options and there aren’t too many positives.

The cons of satellite broadband

Unfortunately, satellite broadband is far slower than other options on the list. On top of this, it is also extremely expensive, which many believe isn’t justified by the quality. Satellite cable is one of the few internet options out there that also has data allowances, which really won’t appeal to anyone that uses the internet a lot.

Hot Spots

One of the most recent introductions to the world of broadband is hot spots. Hot spots use cellular networks in order to provide a wifi connection. The cost of hot spots really depends on your data usage and is something that you can easily add to or minimize.


This is a great option for people that are often on the go and have access to several devices. The costs are also decided by you based on your data usage, which is very flexible.


There is a limit to the data that you can use and if you surpass this limit, you are often met with a hefty fine which can be extremely inconvenient.

Laura Hartley is a software development designer and a writer. Before joining, she used to work in the IT industry