Choosing The Right Cables For Your Home

The internet has become ubiquitous. It allows people to work from home or wherever. It provides streaming music and video. It provides shopping opportunities. It provides, provides, provides. Even though today's internet connections are much faster than the dial-up connection from yesteryear, not every data cable provides the same service. In order to make sure you can watch your favorite show without interruptions or have an uninterrupted video conference with someone on the other side of the world, you need to make sure you choose the right cable. 


Most phones have a phone line even though cell phones are quickly taking over the market. You can use the existing phone line to create a digital subscriber line, or DSL, internet connection. DSL is the cheapest option on the market, but in general, it is also the slowest. If you only check your email, buy the occasional object online, and browse a couple sites, DSL is the choice for you. 


Cable TV uses a coaxial cable to provide a TV signal for your home. It is faster than DSL and able to provide more signal depth to your home. Thus, you should not have to wait as long for shows to load, and you can have multiple people in your home watching a show at the same time without issues. You can also have a video conference without issue. If you work from home or like to binge watch your favorite show over the internet, then DSL is a good choice. 

Fiber Optic Cables

The last option that you should consider is a fiber optic cable, which will offer the highest speeds and greatest signal depth, but it is not widely available. Typically, fiber optic cables are the hardest to work with and are not widely available. Thus, unless you live in an urban area with the right infrastructure to support fiber optic cables, you may not have the option. 

Once you choose your cable, you need to decide if you are going to run your own cable lines, or work with a professional. If you are working with DSL or cable, you may be able to may your own connections inside your home, but especially if you are working with fiber optic cables, you should choose to work with an electrician with the right BCSI training to set up your home network for you. It might cost more money to higher an electrician, but a good, reliable network is worth the cost. Contact a company like Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati to learn more.