Here are some factors you should consider when trying to determine your needs:
Businesses that access the cloud frequently, participate in video conferences, and use applications to connect with customers require faster Internet.
If you primarily work with small file sizes, you’re probably fine with a connection on the lower end of the spectrum. However, if your business involves sending or receiving large files, opting for a faster speed can be more convenient and help boost productivity.
The more devices that connect to your network, the greater your needs. If your team utilizes multiple smartphones and laptops, or if you allow customers to access your wireless network, you likely will need more bandwidth.
Many Internet providers focus on download speeds. But in today’s world of cloud-based business and virtual conferencing, upload speeds can make all the difference. If you send large files or rely heavily on video conferencing, a faster upload speed can minimize file transfer time and limit buffering during video calls. In this realm, a fiber connection is superior to all others because it can provide symmetrical speeds for uploads and downloads.
Here’s a chart to help you get a handle on what speed range is best for you. If you still need help deciding, give us a call at 1-866-448-0071.
|Up to 250Mbps||250-300Mbps||600Mbps-8Gig||Dedicated fiber access with level service agreement|
|Online browsing, email, point-of-sale systems, video streaming, basic VoIP service, and sharing small files.|
|Frequent cloud access, occasional video conferencing, online data back-ups, file sharing and moderate VoIP usage.|
|Sharing large files, hosting your own server, lots of HD streaming, large online backups, heavy VoIP usage and video conferencing.|
|Enterprise-level businesses with that need to serve multiple locations or require guaranteed bandwidth and services.|
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