Monday, September 20, 2010

Choose the Right Internet Connection For Your Home Or Business

Internet enabling technology and its corresponding available bandwidth has taken great strides from the days where dial-up was king. In today's internet world there are numerous options and possibilities when it comes to internet connectivity. What should you look for in an ISP and their internet offerings? The following tips can help you decide how best match up your internet connectivity needs with services available to you in your area.

Dial-Up, Cable, DSL, wireless broadband and FiOS (fiber) are the most common internet connectivity services available to the home consumer.  Less common is Satellite. What are your bandwidth needs? Are you the occasional email and news reader? In that case, dial-up may be sufficient.  If you plan to watch videos, play online game, or upload photos then consider one of the faster services such as cable or DSL. Prices can vary greatly depending on where you live.

In most cases the same services available for home users are also available for businesses with some added features. Most internet service providers (ISPs) distinguish between home and business internet connectivity plans by the features available to each respectively. Some of these differences include a static IP address as opposed to automatically assigned, guaranteed bandwidth, web hosting, private data line service and more. In addition to what's usually available to home users, connectivity options generally implemented in a business environment include frame relay, point to point, microwave and even laser.

During these tough economic times, businesses may want to consider bundled services where the voice and data services are packaged together as a money saving incentive. A good number of telecom service providers promote these types of communications packages but may also require a 2-3 year contract in return for discounted services.

Another factor to consider when selecting an ISP is how the internet or data service is handed off. Residential consumers are generally connected through a standard Ethernet handoff. Installing frame relay or point to point internet or private data line services usually requires special routers be installed for which the cost is usually the responsibility of the customer.

The internet and telecommunications is integral part of modern day society and is here to stay.  It is to your advantage as the consumer to thoroughly research, review and to evaluate the many voice and data options available.
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