Connectivity For Your Business
Frequently Asked Questions
There are three Common Options
DSL is part of a family of technologies provided with twisted wires â€“ the same wires used for traditional phone service.
T1 like DSL is also provided with twisted wires. However, it is a direct and dedicated line with many additional options
Cable broadband is provided by your local cable TV company on the same type of coax cable that is used for cable TV services.
The Big 3 Questions
Stability Uptime Downtime
Speed Download Upload
Cost Price Benefit
Two More Questions You Should Be Thinking About
3G and 4G
What other services are suitable for business?
What service is best for Voice Over IP (VOIP)?
What is the Difference in
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C Cable Despite the impressive speed, cable is the least stable service. This is because of itâ€™s shared connection. To compensate for this, a good cable provider generally runs at speeds faster than advertised.
D DSL DSL is slightly more stable than cable and less stable than T1. The draw back however is its availability.
In some locations the signal is strong and of good value.
In some locations the signal is too weak to be usable.
D A signal may be provided, though much slower than advertised.
The signal is affected by the distance from the source and the condition of the wires leading to your building.
T T1 T1 wins at stability. As a direct service, your neighbors have no affect over your bandwidth. The cost to speed is hard to justify but if stability is mission critical you canâ€™t beat it. Fact, if there is a major outage, whatever the cause, carriers are actually required by law to fix T1 service before they can work on other services like DSL.
What is the Difference in
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Looking at the Numbers For speed we use two numbers. T1
Measured in Mbps DSL
Download Speed These two measurements work together to form the total estimated number of users.
C Cable Ranges from 7 Mbps by 768 Kbps to 100 Mbps by 10Mbps and can support, on average, 20 to 50 users for a midsized company.
This figure varies during peak hours and will usually run faster (occasionally slower).
D DSL Can get up to 1.5 Mbps by 384 Kbps, 3 Mbps by 512 Kbps, or 6Mbps by 768 Kbps and can support, on average, 15 to 20 users for midsized company.
If out of the optimal rage or if your local provider is still using old lines this can decrease significantly, sometimes to unusable numbers.
T SingleT1 A single T1 is 1.5 Mbps by 1.5 Mbps and can support up to 50 to 100 users with guaranteed speed.
T1's also have the ability to equally distribute bandwidth over the multiple channels on a T1 to ensure the quality of the Internet access.
T BondedT1 You can get more by bonding the T1's - up to 12 Mbps by 12 Mbps supporting up to 500 users.
What is the Difference in
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C Cable Cable Broadband is a great general value. It offers some pretty impressive speeds to qualified locations at a very affordable price.
From $60 per month
C Cable For small businesses this is a great option because you get so much speed for far less than T1. The instability is worth the low price because an hour or two of slow speeds wont have a costly impact.
D DSL DSL is the cheapest option. Note, some providers require that you also get phone service so make sure that this is either included in the price or not required when deciding. From $45 per month
D DSL For many locations the DSL offered is slow to unusable. This usually isnâ€™t an option for most businesses.
However, it might be worth looking into. If you are in an area where the signal is strong and you donâ€™t think that the stability of T1 is crucial for you business, than DSL can be a great bargain.
T T1 This is by far the most expensive solution. For a company that even an hour of downtime is unacceptable, it is sometimes the only solution. There are ways to offset the cost and increase the speed for large companies so it remains a viable option for some. From $300 per month
T T1 New faster cheaper options are becoming available for direct service. However companies that need to setup now are still choosing T1. A good alternative if available is fiber optic cable which we will look at in the next question.
What are other Options are
Suitable for Business?
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Other Options Although DSL, cable, and T1 Internet service are the most common ways to connect to the internet they're most certainly not the only options available. Ethernet
Fiber Optic Fixed Wireless
3G and 4G
Fiber Optic Verizon FiOS, a Fiber Optic connection with speeds reaching 300 Mbps by 65 Mbps, is one of the best options today for medium to small businesses. Unfortunately it is not available everywhere.
The cost ranges within hundreds of dollars for 300 Mbps by 65 Mbps as opposed to thousands for a traditional, 300 Mbps by 300 Mbps fiber optic connection
Fiber Optic For businesses that are located in AT&T territories that can't get Verizon services AT&T's U-verse, with a maximum speed of 24 Mbps by 3 Mbps, is a decent alternative per cost.
What Option is Best For
Voice Over IP? (Or VOIP)
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Not all are the same If you're planning to use Voice Over IP or VOIP not all types of connections are suitable.
C Cable Cable systems, although they support VIOP, are generally not tuned for it. The instability can cause issues with dropping out parts of the call and adding digital noise.
Some providers can deliver quality service. If you want to use VIOP with cable, choose the right provider.
D DSL If you can get good service for your location, DSL can work well. Due to limited upload speeds a small business will usually have one dedicated DSL for VoIP traffic and one dedicated DSL for standard internet traffic.
T T1 T1 is the best option as the upload speeds are the same as the download speeds and the connection is extremely stable and optimized for this use. For companies with a lot of phone lines using VOIP with a T1 connection helps to offset the higher cost.
With so many decisions it helps to have guidance from an expert. For a free in depth audit and consultation of your businessâ€™s needs, or for more general information, please contact us.
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