Internet Connectivity Options for Business
How your business systems are networked and the ways in which you use those connections are greatly influenced by the infrastructure in your office and your connection to the internet. Inside the office, you may have Ethernet cable or WiFi, and these systems control the speed of information exchange within your office. While the decision of wires or wireless is an important one for your office, a more important decision is how your office systems are connected to the internet as a whole.
Types of Internet Connections
Each type of connection can be basically broken down into dedicated versus shared bandwidth. Dedicated bandwidth connections include T1, MLPS Ethernet, Ethernet over Copper, and Ethernet over Fiber. Shared bandwidth services include DSL, cable, and Fiber. Dedicated services offer high reliability, guaranteed speeds, for a price. Shared service offers low cost, but with low reliability and variable speeds.
Dedicated services are just that, dedicated to your business with service agreements dictating the guaranteed speeds and up-time for your connection. This dedication translates to greater office efficiency, and better network infrastructure between office locations. Dedicated lines of service also ensure faster data transfer speeds and better data integrity. It is important to note that you will pay for this concierge level network solution.
All of the dedicated solutions offer speed, and reliability, but each type has profiles to offer your business a personalized solution. T1 and T1 bonded offer greater speeds. MLPS Ethernet provides a network to your various business locations personalized for the requirements at each location. Ethernet over Copper provides significant reliability and protection through redundancy.
Shared bandwidth services make a “best effort” to provide your business with the speed and up-time you expect. There is little difference between DSL, cable, or fiber so don’t sweat your options here. However since the network is shared, during peak usage hours you will experience slower upload and download speeds due to the load on the connection. The upside is that sharing the bandwidth results in lower cost for each user.
Most homes have the shared bandwidth service options and are generally satisfied. Once you have a business where clients’ and employees’ satisfaction is paramount, you need to start examining your service.
Some questions to ask that will help you determine if a dedicated service would benefit your business:
- Does your business require guaranteed up-time?
- How does your business connect with customers?
- Is your business using collaboration and mobility tools to increase productivity?
- Do you have a private cloud or host your own website or e-mail?
- Is your business using Voice over IP (VoIP) services?
- Does your business utilize web sites for meetings with teams or clients?
By examining the answers to the above questions, in addition to reviewing your current business infrastructure, and future development goals; the best solution to balance reliability, service, speed, and price can be implemented. Contact us for a 1 hour complimentary review of your business infrastructure and internet connectivity.