T1 Described - Pros And Cons
By Dalvin Rumsey
If you are not perfectly happy with your existing DSL connection, you can always switch to a T1. Reliability is one of the most important factors when choosing the right internet connection, this especially when the applications you run over your connections depend on the reliability of it. DSL is indeed a quick and cost effective method of acquiring high-speed bandwidth. The bad part about it is the fact that it is not intended to support commercial applications or large numbers of users as T1 connections do.
Many people are extremely careful about the price they pay for such a connection. Not many of them can afford the cost of a T1. Residential customers who are most sensitive to price should not consider a T1 circuit unless then have a business reason to pay for such a circuit and cannot access DSL service. Most people are not aware of the fact that a DSL connection can be just as fast as a T1 at 1.5Mbps.
Unfortunately, there are many people using DSL connections, therefore, given a finite amount of bandwidth available, if other customers in the neighborhood decide to use their service, a customers' speed can dramatically drop. On the other hand, a SDSL, which is a Synchronous DSL, is a business class DSL, which is ranked as a higher priority than residential DSL or ADSL, in fact meaning an Asynchronous DSL. It is not oversubscribed to the extent that ADSL is and further more, it is subject to fewer bandwidth restrictions.
When customers or employees depend on your connection for instant responses, then reliability becomes critical. If your customers use your connection to access your databases on your server or the internet, then reliability of your connection is quite crucial. Should your employees depend on your connections because you host the e-mail server in house or host web servers, your connections is considered critical.
A critical connection can be the most important factor, without which your business would be very much affected. Your monthly savings of having cheaper connections will not make up for the loss in productivity of your employees or loss of customers when your DSL connections gets bogged down or cut off. In short, critical connections should be supported with a T1.
Therefore, if price is your most important and determining factor, then you should probably go with DSL. Should you need reliability, then choose a dedicated T1 connection.
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