How to Choose the Right Internet Connection for Your SMB
As an employee working for an SMB, I am aware of just how important communication is for any business. High-speed Internet is critical for instant access to the customers and suppliers’ your business connects with daily. That is why businesses need reliable and fast Internet services that also fit their budget. Are you a business owner unsatisfied with your current network solution? Starting a new business? Curious what business Internet connection is right for you? Unsure about speeds? Don’t worry! At the end of this article, you will be left feeling more confident when it comes to picking the right Internet connection and determining the speed you need to run your business efficiently.
There are three types of business internet connections that we are going to review today:
1. Ethernet over Copper
Also known as DSL (Digital subscriber line), it is the oldest among Internet technologies. DSL uses the same wires as a regular telephone line. Yes, you can still leave your Internet connection open while using the phone line for voice calls. DSL can deliver high-speed Internet and does not require additional wiring since the connection makes use of your businesses existing telephone wiring. A major disadvantage of DSL is that its effectiveness depends on proximity. This means the farther away you are from the DSL provider, the less efficient your service will be. If you are more than 18,000 feet from the provider, you may not have access to the service at all.
Cable is among the most popular choices for high-speed business Internet. Unlike DSL, cable Internet services uses cable wires to deliver high-speed Internet just like they provide cable TV. It requires a modem and a professional installation by a technician, as a cable must be run to your office. This Internet connection is a reliable Internet service. However, if your business is in an area that experiences frequent cable outages, prepare for your Internet service to be impacted as well. Most businesses need Internet to operate, so it is a good idea to have a backup Internet access option available. On the plus side, cable is notoriously accessible, and its Internet speeds can accommodate the needs of most SMBs.
Fiber Internet is known to offer the best reliability and speed options for business Internet. It is carried through a bundle of thin, lightweight optic fibers via modulated light. The strands of optically pure class can carry digital information over long distances. Unfortunately, fiber is not as accessible as cable is to businesses and tends to cost more than cable. However, fiber is generally more reliable and is flat our faster than other Internet connections. If your business can not afford to be down, Fiber may be best for you.
If you have ever purchased Internet, then you know that Internet providers offer a variety of speed tiers. You can use the following table to understand the different Internet speeds and figure out which speed is right for your business.
When you are evaluating your options, consider the following factors:
1. Speed and bandwidth requirements
2. Reliability and up time needs
3. Cost and budget
Deciding which connection is best for your business can be overwhelming. That is why Communications Deployment Partners is here for business owners who do not know where to start. We can help assess your speed and bandwidth needs and recommend the connectivity method we think will serve your business best. Visit us on the web at www.cdpartnersllc.com or give us a call at 215-343-5580 to schedule a consultation today!