The internet is constantly evolving, and as it grows so too do our expectations. In the 90’s, during the infancy of the world wide web, we were amazed at sending a simple email. In 2021, we’re live-streaming from our phones and video-conferencing with our colleagues working all across the country.
It might sound luxurious, but the internet is no longer a luxury now that everyone requires a strong, reliable connection for day-to-day life. That’s why it’s so important to know just exactly what you are paying for and what you are getting.
When your internet connection is fast and reliable, employees are productive, clients are happy and business grows. When your connection is unreliable, things can go downhill fast. So when it comes to making the choice between connections, you need to know which is best for your business.
Today we are looking at some of the most common types of internet connections, and which is the right choice for your business.
Broadband internet connections are some of the most common and popular in the world, offering high speeds and easy access. As a wired connection, broadband replaced the old dial-up connections and is available in a variety of forms. This makes it a reliable way to connect to the internet for most businesses.
One type of broadband connection is DSL (digital subscriber line) which connects to the internet by utilising unused phone lines. The speed of a DSL connection is dependent on how far you are from the closest switching station, meaning the physical location of your business can have a large impact on the quality of your internet service.
Another type of broadband connection is Cable, where your internet connection is provided by your local cable TV provider. Cable internet speeds vary depending on the number of users accessing the service at any given time. This can result in slow-downs and even outages for some users during peak times, or if using a cable connection in a densely populated area.
Fiber is another form of broadband connection, utilising fiber optic cables instead of copper-based lines found in DSL and cable connections. While it can be more expensive than other options, Fiber connections offer far superior speeds and quality of service.
Unlike other broadband connections, Fiber internet connections utilize a dedicated line for each customer, greatly reducing congestion and interruptions to the connection. It is also not dependent on physical proximity to a switching station to maintain high speeds, meaning the quality of your connection is less dependent on the physical location of your business.
Additionally, fiber has a significantly higher resistance to electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio-frequency interference (RFI), meaning the signal won’t be disturbed by things that carry an electrical signal, like power lines or your building’s physical infrastructure.
These factors combined make Fiber the best choice of wired connection for your business. Compared to other broadband connections, Fiber is significantly faster, more reliable and more secure than other options.
Unfortunately, Fiber has one significant disadvantage: it still relies on physical fiber optic cables running all across the Philippines (and the world). If there is no fiber optic cable near you, or you cannot afford to have one installed, you cannot access a Fiber connection.
That’s where WiFi internet connections can really shine. As a wireless connection, you can access the internet via WiFi without any cables at all. While this is very convenient for smaller businesses, larger businesses may struggle to operate efficiently.
WiFi connections often experience the same drawbacks as standard broadband connections where congestion during peak times and interference from other devices can cause significant disruptions. Weak signal from your WiFi device can also cause drop-outs, and it is common for these connections to never reach full speeds.
The best type of internet for your business depends on what type of business you have and where you are located. Wherever possible, it is definitely preferable to go with a wired, fiber connection for maximum speeds and reliability, however WiFi and regular broadband connections can also be extremely useful for smaller businesses or businesses in remote locations.
Need help identifying the best connection for your business? Talk to one of RISE expert technicians today to find out more.