Have you ever wondered why there are some people out there who spend tons of money on expensive internet cables right before they set up their router in their homes? The reason why many people are willing to splurge on internet cabling is because cable internet is generally faster than other popular options like DSL or *gasp!* dial-up. Cabled internet also offers the average Joe all the bandwidth that they need in order to enjoy common activities like watching online TV, gaming, and video chat.
What Is Bandwidth?
Bandwidth, in laymen’s terms, is the maximum amount of data that you can upload or download though an internet connection. The higher the bandwidth, the more you can do with your internet without noticing a lag. Most cable modems can offer users up to 30 Mb/s as a bandwidth speed. This is more than enough for a person to do just about anything that they want. However, what most people don’t realise about bandwidth is that it must be pooled between all devices they have connected at any given time (that is, the internet speed is literally split up). In many cases, cable modems can share speeds with other subscribers in your area.
So, How Does Internet Cabling Affect Bandwidth (If At All)?
Well, there are four major different internet cabling options to choose from, and the definitely do affect the bandwidth speed that you’ll receive. Here’s what you need to know about each one…
Traditional Internet Cabling – Most companies will offer a cheap internet cabling option that uses actual cables to connect to the net. Traditional cabling usually means that the bandwidth is shared. This can lead to slower download speeds, and there is a chance that it might not be offered in rural areas, but for those who live in an urban location, traditional internet cabling is a great option. 18 Mb/s is a common high download speed for this option.
DSL – This is also known as ADSL, and uses a phone line that already exists in your house or office to connect to the net. It is very cheap, is consistent in speed, and reliable. The only problem is that you will get, at most 8 Mb/s for a download speed, so streaming videos or conference calling may not be an option (which may detriment your company’s communicability)
Mobile Connection – You can now turn your mobile phone into a hotspot, and the bandwidth can be as high as 50 Mb/s. It’s convenient, and insanely fast. However, it can be very expensive, might only accept one computer to connect at a single time, and reception could be poor depending on your location.
Satellite – Though satellite internet cabling can reach anywhere in the world (creating the illusion of convenience), it is by far the worst option for your business due to its unreliability. In the long-run, it could be extremely expensive, with bandwidth speeds slowing down to a crawl by the end of the month (due to restrictions that companies have on it).
A Word of Advice
Though it is good to choose a plan that is in your budget, sometimes, it’s worth stretching the dollar for quality high speed internet cabling. The more bandwidth you have, the less speed you will lose when you have multiple devices connected at once, and hence the better off you and your business will be. We at Trojan TechGroup have all of the solutions for your business’ internet cabling problems, and offer a range of installation services at reasonable prices!
Call us on 1300 303 506 to get a free quote today!