the past, most Internet users had little choice other than to use a 56K
modem and the phone lines to access the Web. Cable Internet services
have become another popular choice. With nearly 75 million U.S.
homes wired with cable TV, and new technologies that allow Internet
data transfer via cable wires, cable Internet access is quickly gaining
market share over dial-up and DSL connections. Cable Internet access
and cable modems are relatively new technologies, and issues such as
security, speed consistency, and data reliability are still being
addressed. Visit the sites below for information about these issues,
and related topics.
General Information When
cable modems were first introduced, compatibility between different brands
of modems was difficult at best. New cable modem standards were recently
put into place to resolve this issue. Cable modems, like voice-band
modems, modulate and demodulate data signals. Cable modems use existing
cable TV lines instead of telephone lines to transmit data. Read more
about the basics of cable modems by visiting the cable modem page at Webopedia.com.
Here you will find definitions, as well as links to other Web sites about
cable modem technology. HowStuffWorks.com
also provides excellent background information about cable modems and
their inner workings. This InformIT.com
link offers detailed information ranging from information about the early
developmental days of cable modems, to the future of cable modem design.
To keep up-to-date with changes in cable modem technology, check in with
the site www.cablemodeminfo.com.
Cable Modem Resources There
are numerous Web sites specifically dedicated to cable modem resources.
Browse the following list of sites to read articles about the latest
developments in the field of cable modems.
Two of the more
interesting cable modem resources found online are bandwidth meters, and
speed testers. Choose from the following list of Web sites that provide
easy-to-use speed tests designed to help you find out your current cable
Shopping for Cable
Modems If you are looking for a cable modem to purchase, be sure to
read the reviews found at Web sites such as cable-modem-review.toptenreviews.com/
or the ZDNet
product review page. The reviews and articles found on these pages
can assist you in making an informed cable modem purchase. Once you are
ready to purchase a cable modem, visit your favorite e-commerce Web site
such as www.pricewatch.com.
Additional Links Although
cable Internet access is among the fastest currently available, itís
possible to add speed to your current connection. Visit www.speedguide.net/
to find tweaks, tips, and downloads that will help to speed up your cable
Due to the fact that
cable Internet access is an always-on connection, certain security issues
should be addressed for maximum privacy and protection. You can compare
the security levels between DSL and cable Internet access by reading this About.com