Where would you be without the internet? Not surprisingly a huge portion of our business day revolves around internet connectivity in some form or other. So much of business today relies on email and the ability to research online, so a stable, fast internet connection is vital. Most businesses will already have an internet provider and may be tied into a contract. In these cases we will look at the router setup and how the data is streamed to the users and make sure it is performing at optimal levels.
For new businesses or businesses moving premises, this is the perfect time to look into their internet needs and look at new providers and new systems. We will analyse the data usage of a business and determine the best system based on cost and functions. There are several different ways to establish a connection to the internet for data flow, and the system that is right for one business may not be for another. We are experts in this field and will work with a business to get the right configuration for their needs.
ADSL Contended line
This is the typical broadband offered by most Internet Service Providers (ISP’s). This is what most people have at home and for many businesses it is more than adequate for their needs. Contended means the bandwidth is limited by the number of users and therefore data rates can vary during the day. Maximum speeds will also vary depending on the distance your business is from the BT Exchange, but are typically between 1Mbps and 20Mbps for downstream with upstream being typically less than 1Mbps. Some companies are now offering up to 100Mbps services.
Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)
This uses fibre-optic lines to connect a business to the internet and provides a huge speed and bandwidth increase on ADSL connections. These connections typically offer speeds of up to 80Mbps download and 20Mbps upload. They are also more reliable than standard ADSL and the contention rate is much lower, so more bandwidth and the faster speeds.
An Internet leased line is a premium internet connectivity product, normally delivered over fibre(-optic?), but can also be delivered over traditional copper wires. It is dedicated and provides uncontended, symmetrical speeds, full-duplex. It is also known as an ethernet leased line, DIA line, data circuit or private circuit. It can offer bandwidths ranging from 1Mbps up to 1Gbps, so is tailor-made for businesses that need to transfer large amounts of data. It’s also the perfect solution for businesses that have more that one site and want to connect those sites together from a data handling perspective, as the data rates can be near local network speeds.
This is not just a technology for businesses that are ‘out in the sticks’. Satellite broadband has many advantages over standard ADSL broadband, first of which is that no telephone line is needed. Satellite uses completely different technology to BT and the ADSL network; it doesn’t suffer from problems like being too far from an exchange, an ageing network or too many people trying to use the same line. Speeds are constant and typically around 20Mbps.
WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider)
This system uses radio waves and transmitter masts, usually mounted high on hills to provide the internet signal. Transmitters on the mast broadcast the signal in all directions, allowing customers to use small aerials affixed to their property to connect to the internet. The signal is encrypted so all the data is safe. Unlike copper cable the signal doesn’t degrade within the distances used, providing the same high quality bandwidth. It’s not available everywhere and you do need direct line of sight to the mast, but this can be a good option for business.