How to Choose the Right Internet Speed for Your Business

July 26th, 2018 by admin

Here’s a phrase nobody can argue with: today's successful businesses must have access to the internet. The internet is largely used by them to access a large community of prospective buyers or to easily service existing clients and lower overhead costs. But ensuring you pick the right internet speed for your company can be rather difficult and expensive (especially if you don’t do it correctly). Thus, it's crucial to take into account your business needs and the different factors that can impact your internet speed. There are several aspects to consider when choosing the internet speed that's right for your business. Here's how you can get it done.

Focus on Your Bandwidth Requirements

Bandwidth requirements vary based on the number of users that will utilize your internet connection. Consider how many employees are at your location and what their average task load is. Do they upload and download lots of things? Do they spend most of their time in cloud programs? Can they still be productive without access to any internet connection at all? Without asking yourself these questions, you can’t really understand how much bandwidth you and your organization needs. And, without the right bandwidth, you could easily slow down your internet speed and hamper your employees' ability to work. This also adversely impacts operational efficiency by slowing it down, which could lead to revenue loss. Conversely, paying for systems that give you too much bandwidth can waste your money – especially since you won’t notice any benefits from it.

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ISP Reliability

It's important that your Internet Service Provider or ISP is reliable to ensure you get the support and service you need when you need it. Before committing to an ISP, inquire about the average time it will take for a service technician to come to the location to fix an issue. Consider choosing ISPs that prioritize resolving issues quickly, such as ISPs that offer same-day or next day service, as opposed to scheduling service several days or weeks apart. Also, consider the ISP's average uptime, security, and IP offerings (static versus dynamic IP address). Be sure to keep up with their current services, including the type of internet service they provide; cable, fiber optics or DSL – each can impact speed and price.

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For instance, you may consider choosing a DSL connection if you are primarily using the internet for email between two or three users with only a handful of devices. On the other hand, it's advisable to use a broadband connection via fiber optics for devices that will stream video content in high-definition, or to support 10 devices that require access to cloud and team chat applications.

Upgradability

When your business grows, it's important that your internet speed can handle the growth, too. That's why it's vital to choose an internet speed that is scalable. To make sure it can handle the speed you need when your business grows, you want to make sure you have the ability to upgrade your internet speed with as little difficulty as possible.

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For example, if you need each employee to have 10 megabits per second (Mbps) download speed but you realize the projects they are doing requires at least 30 Mbps for each user, then you'll need to ensure you can upgrade the speed to increase production. If your service provider is unable to do this, then you risk downtime and poor performance.

Ping

It's easy to overlook how important it is to have a low ping or low latency incidents. Ping is a measurement used to determine how long it will take for computers to send and receive information from each other and can impact connectivity.

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 A great ping to strive for is 50 milliseconds (ms) or below. It's also best to avoid a ping above 100ms. Consider running a speed test to evaluate your ping. A reputable provider will fix your ping if it is above the recommended 100ms rate.

Trust IPRO to Help Choose the Right Speed for You

Choosing the internet service that meets your needs requires taking factors, such as ping, bandwidth requirements, ISP reliability and upgradability, into consideration. By doing this, you can enhance your company's productivity and, ultimately, your bottom-line profits. We can help connect you with the right plan and ISP. In short, you won’t have to worry about doing your homework – we’ll take care of it all while you focus on running your business. Interested? Reach out to us if you’d like to learn more or if you have any questions.

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