This is a Guest Post by Becky Wilcox
Internet speeds, no matter what type of service you have, whether it be the high speed cable internet from Megapath, a standard DSL connection or even a T1 business line, are influenced by various factors: traffic congestion, wireless cards, computer speeds and other issues can all affect your speed, making your connection slow down at times. Still, getting a consistent slow speed that affects the way your business works can be an indication of a problem with your current ISP.
The following are the different types of high speed internet options available for small businesses:
This is the lowest costing high speed option offered by most phone companies. This Internet connection is dependent on your business phone and connects using a special DSL modem. The speed with which you connect using DSL depends on the distance of your business location from the DSL wire center (the place where your phone line originates from). Download speeds generally range from about 1.5 Mbps to about 10 Mbps (although some offer up to 40 Mbps). Current DSL systems may still be slower in certain areas, but their dependability is improving. When the system goes out you can usually reset it by unplugging the modem for a minute and then plugging it back in. The cost usually runs anywhere from about $20 to $50 a month depending on the package you choose.
This is an alternate to DSL and while in many cases it offers the same speed as DSL there are some Internet options that are faster and use DS3 Ocx line solutions. However, the basics of the service are similar in that it is delivered over the coaxial cable and uses a special cable modem. Download speeds range from about 3Mbps to 40 Mbps with higher upload speeds of more than 1 Mbps.
Often this is the service many businesses use as it offers fast internet access delivered over a T1 connection. This service is only offered to businesses by major business internet service providers. Download and upload speeds are equal and bandwidth is dedicated as there are fewer subscribers. However, the price for this service is also much higher. A T1 service with phone and internet can cost about $400 per month.
These are the fastest Internet options available in metropolitan areas. However, there are areas where these services are unavailable. In this case you need to either install satellite or wireless internet options. Wireless is only available in a few rural areas where a local business has decided to offer it. While satellite is not exactly reliable when it comes to upload and download speeds, it is much faster than the alternate dial up option. But most people no longer have to worry as DSL and cable options are available in most areas in the U.S.A.