How do you pick which internet service level to get?
So how do you make sure you’re getting the right Internet service at the right price? To start, you need a solid understanding of your home or business????????s current and future technology needs. What are you using the internet for and how many people will be using it? What are your requirements in terms of bandwidth, latency, and uptime? For that matter, what do bandwidth, latency, and uptime actually mean?
In computer networks, bandwidth is often used as a synonym for data transfer rate – the amount of data that can be carried from one point to another over a given time period (usually a second). Today these rates are usually expressed in Megabits Per Second or Mbps.
ISPs offer a couple of service levels or plans for internet connectivity. The main point of distinction between levels is the bandwidth speed. Choosing a suitable speed is one of the key decisions you must make. Generally, the greater the number of people who’ll be using the connection, the more bandwidth you’ll need. In addition, the more performance-intensive the users’ needs are–for example, watching or streaming video, downloading large files, or using Internet-connected VoIP phones–the more the bandwidth you’ll need. On the other hand, users who want to use their connection for email and browsing the Web won’t need as much bandwidth. Some ISPs have begun to cap data usage. Under a data cap, if you exceed the data transfer limit during a billing cycle, the ISP may automatically throttle back your speeds for the remainder of the billing cycle, or it may apply a surcharge to your bill. Unless you stream an extensive amount of video or regularly download many large files, you probably won’t have a problem with the data cap at home. In business, you need to know your usage and pick your service level accordingly to avoid the potential of a throttled down internet connection hampering your business.
Other considerations to take into account when determining which service level to get and from which company, are latency and uptime. Latency is a synonym for delay, and in a computer network it correlates with the time between choosing an action and the action being done, such as the time between clicking a video to stream and the stream starting. Uptime is the amount of time that the network has been available and operating. It????????s important to select a provider and service level that meets your needs when a slow network with frequent downtime just won????????t do.
Kelly Electronics is a one-stop-shop for all of your technology needs. We can even help you determine which service level, speed and products you need to keep your home or business connected.