Monday, September 27, 2010

Why T1 Lines Are a Good Technology Choice For Your Business

It is almost impossible to have a business today and not have a need for internet connectivity; many businesses have turned to T1 line technology. A T1 line is a guaranteed, bi-directional line that transfers data at 1.5 Mbps. There are several different varieties of T1 lines because not every business will have the same needs. For 24 channels of nothing but phone service, there is the voice T1 line. For a data and voice combination, there is an integrated T1 line. To have several T1 lines combined into one big pipeline of T1 line, there is the bonded T1 line.
The number of companies offering T1 services in your area and the distance between you and the T1 company are the two biggest factors that will determine the price of the service. $250 to $775 per month is the average cost per month for this internet connectivity. Using this technology will not hamper the ability for your business to grow. However; you should set aside a decent amount time for an upgrade, they can be time consuming.
Many businesses are looking to cut corners and find cheaper solution in an uncertain economy. Businesses are taking a hard look at fiber optics for internet and networking solutions. Data, video and voice traffic can all be handled by the same line of fiber optics. During times of high internet usage, fiber optic technology will handle data, voice and voice media and still not compromise on overall speed.
The drawback to fiber optic technology is it lack of availability to all areas. The overall cost of getting the fiber optic cabling from the company to your business can be rather expensive.
Another form of technology to consider is DSL. The reputation of DSL technology is that you will pay a lower cost for faster speeds. Only during certain times can DSL live up to its reputation. Closer scrutiny will reveal that the claims for DSL may fall a little short. The bandwidth is shared with other customers that are on the same loop that your business is on; this means during periods of high internet usage you will probably experience lower transmission speeds. DSL is not asymmetrical, this means that you may download files at 1.5 Mbps but may only upload files at 256k. The downtimes that a DSL connection could experience are rather unacceptable for a fast moving business.
The better buy, due to reliability in speed and uptime and because of its accessibility, are T1 lines, even if they may cost a little more up front.
The author Ron Legarski is a business consultant for professional agencies offering T1 Lines.

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