Internet Service Options

Continued from, “How much bandwidth do you need?

By now you should have a good idea about your homes’ bandwidth needs. Now let’s talk about how to get that bandwidth into (Downloading) and out of (Uploading) your home.

You’ll recall that bandwidth requirements for the typical home would conservatively be 16+ Mbps download and 6+ Mbps upload. Which of these current and widely available service options can accommodate that?

Internet Medium Type Download Speeds (Max) Upload Speeds (Max)
DSL (Analog or Copper) 100 Mbps 2 Mbps
Cable (COAX) 1000 Mbps 40 Mbps
Fiber (Fiber Optics) 1000 Mbps 1000 Mbps
Satellite 100 Mbps 3 Mbps
4G Cellular 1000 Mbps 5 Mbps
Dial-Up (56K) .05 Mbps .03 Mbps

It’s very clear exactly where the Internet access bottleneck will be: upload speed. The DSL, Satellite, and 4G Cellular service options will not accommodate two-way communication and other major uploading tasks. Zoom meetings will have voice but no video. Gamers will be defenseless against unknown forces. Clearly, your Internet connection must meet your Internet service speed.

We should note here that there are a few critical differences between Residential and Business ISP service. Residential Circuits, as we noted previously, primarily focus on download bandwidth. They also tend to get sluggish when multiple people log on during high traffic times. But with the recent Stay at Home orders, high traffic times at home are nearly all the time. Home Internet connections are being pummeled, and they’re not able to support today’s normal usage levels.

Probably the primary difference with a business Internet service is the hardware used and the backbone it connects to. Most ISPs allow residential clients to purchase their own modem or router to connect to their services. Business clients, however, must use the modem or router supplied by the ISP. Thus, business-grade routers and circuits are available for many homes.

These business circuits are routed to the main service center differently than the typical home connection. The switches and routers are slightly different, starting with the fact that they don’t share the Internet connection with your next-door neighbors. The higher quality also means that the service has little down time – a level of stability that’s not available to a typical residential service client.

More to come…

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Written by Dave Eisner – Founder and Director of IT – 2020/06




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