I've had DSL for about 4 years, and very few problems, but during Memorial Day holiday, my DSL speed dropped down so low that when I ran a test online, my dial-up connection was almost the same. Frustrated, I called various DSL resellers and my cable company to find other broadband alternatives.
I've been paying $101.00 a month for my DSL and phone service, which I found was a lot cheaper now! My cable provider also told me there was a special on Road Runner, and when I sat down to do the math, I found I could change my DSL provider, and get Road Runner cable for a combined price of $102.00. 2 internet connections for $102.00! I got my cable modem 2 days ago, and my DSL is currently disabled, awaiting the switchover
I ordered a NexLand Pro800Turbo router which has inputs for 2 broadband connections and has load-balancing - meaning that it will operate both connections as though it were one, and thereby combining their speeds. I use my home computer for working online, so my concern was to have backup internet. This router will do the job of maintaining the connection
Thankfully, my house has great lines for both DSL and Road Runner. The cable modem does have its slow moments, but even at those slow times, it's still faster than my DSL speeds. Just a few blocks down the road, everyone's having problems with Road Runner so their best option is DSL.
The island I live on currently has 3G and 5G wireless internet being deployed, and it should be available in my area in a few months. As soon as they offer the service I'll be picking that up for my Sager 8887. The claim is that the 5G service offers 2 to 3 times the speed of cable modems, and I'm dying to have a go at it. and at $40.00 a month, I'll most likely drop my DSL and run cable and wireless together. Something to look forward to!