What factors should you consider in choosing bandwidth from your Internet provider? Do you need a fiber connection? How fast a connection?

These are complex questions and not easily—or directly—answered.

First, you need to ask yourself some questions:

  • How many employees in your office are using the internet?
  • How often are they online?
  • What are they doing online?

Bandwidth is a shared resource. You need to understand how much data you are pushing and pulling—your upload and download needs.

As for the activities you are doing in your office that impact your bandwidth needs:

  • Sending and receiving email
  • Subscription software
  • Sharing programs, like Dropbox
  • VOIP phone systems
  • Web conferencing

Once you’ve inventoried your needs and usage, you can go about choosing the best options for your situation. Here is a quick guide that matches peed to need:

  • 10 x 1 Mbps to 15 x 2 Mbps
    • Light web browsing
    • Sending and receiving email
    • 2 to 3 users or 1 or more POS terminals
  • 25 x 3 Mbps to 50 x 5 Mbps
    • Moderate web browsing
    • Emailing large files and file sharing
    • Online backups, transactions and cloud supported devices
    • 5 to 7 users
  • 100 x10 Mbps to 300 x 20 Mbps
    • Heavy internet usage
    • Sending and receiving very large files via email
    • Streaming video and online conferencing
    • High-volume e-commerce activities
    • Dozens of users

As you can see, as your needs and usage grows, so do your requirements for bandwidth.

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For more information or to match your need to your budget and expectations, please call 3T Pro at 972-509-0585.

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