Selection and Installation of DSL Modems in a Business Environment
Factors to consider when selecting and installing a business DSL modemIn today's computerized world, the need for high speed internet access, such as through a DSL modem, is becoming a requirement for any business, small or large. However, the options for broadband access are varied and a business owner can use anything from dial-up to T-1 services.
The question becomes: What is the appropriate service for your business? For many business owners, business digital subscriber line modems, or DSL, often is the best solution for internet access.
A digital subscriber line modem can offer the following advantages to the business owner:
1. Availability: DSL requires no additional hardware to be installed from your telecommunications provider; however, you need to ensure that DSL is available from your provider. You can use your current phone lines to access DSL service after your DSL provider has verified them.
2. Through-put: Business DSL modems have enough through-put to rival T-1 and T-3 service lines.
3. Supportability: DSL does not require extensive IT staff to install and maintain.
Determine whether DSL modem service is available at your business location
Determine which DSL modem fits your needsThere are many "flavors" of DSL: ADSL modems, SDSL modems, VDSL modems, and so forth. Each of these also come in different speeds. How do you choose the appropriate type of DSL for your business?
Determine what hardware equipment will work most effectively with your DSL modemWhen you get your DSL service, you will need hardware in order to use it on your business network (i.e., a router). Your requirements will depend on the number of users at your business location as well as the amount of internet traffic. Also take into consideration whether you have wireless access and could use wireless DSL modems.
- DSL modem installation can be a daunting task if you have no computer experience. There are many technical services available. Do not be afraid to hire someone to help!
- Security is an important part of your DSL deployment. Make sure to follow any security guidelines and change any passwords from the default on your new equipment.
- Install your DSL modem in a secure location. Also, use a surge protector/uninterrupted power supply to ensure continuous operation.
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