Get your small business rolling with high-speed business T1 Internet accessNot too long ago, a long-predicted technology shift to T1 Internet access seriously began to happen -- more people than not use the Internet every day in their work, and for some it has become indispensable to have a T1 Internet line. As software, collaboration, communication, even basic accounting and word processing, move onto the web full time, a T1 line will become a crucial part of your business productivity plans.
Most likely, your T1 Internet provider will talk to you first about buying a business T1 Internet plan. The salesperson is not trying to steer you wrong: A business T1 line is an essential for any office with more than a handful of web users.
In this guide to T1 Internet, you'll learn how to:
1. Calculate your T1 line needs.
2. Choose from among T1 access vendors.
3. Selection from options when choosing a business T1 Internet provider.
4. Be a smarter business T1 line consumer.
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Do you need a full T1 line or just fractional T1 access?It's really impossible to say whether a full T1 line is the best fit for your company, or if fractional T1 access is a better deal. That's because how many users you have is not the same as how much traffic those users might represent. Hundreds of users doing only casual e-mail and web surfing can easily share a T1 line. Accordingly, it's possible to buy just part of a T1 line, known as "fractional" T1 access. But if they all start doing video training or downloading enormous files at once, that T1 line will get overrun.
Is a T1 line enough for your business?T1 is essentially a short way to say "really fast," since the next step up, a line 28 times faster and known as T3, is the literal backbone of the Internet. Without getting too technical, a business T1 line moves data at 1.544 megabits per second and is made up of 24 channels, each of which can be programmed by the Internet provider to carry voice calls or data.
The many flavors of T1 Internet accessIt just wouldn't be technology without jargon. Your T1 line comes in a variety of types, including integrated, burstable and bonded T1 access. An integrated line combines voice and data (you decide how much of which). Burstable T1 Internet access provides extra bandwidth on demand, for which your company will pay only for the extra usage. A bonded business T1 line is a more-efficient marriage of two or more T1s hooked together.
- Definitely ask carefully about pricing for a business T1 line. They have come way down in price, but so too have business DSL services.
- Make sure you buy enough T1 access for all your needs, including voice lines. Better to presume some growth demand than have to renegotiate a contract.
- To ensure that your T1 line is adequate, keep your employees off Internet radio, video and file sharing sites. They chew up bandwidth and cost you money.
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