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Changing The Way We Communicate

License: Creative Commons image source Before fiber-optic cables were introduced, communication networks were constructed solely of copper wiring. Since the introduction of fiber-optic cables, we are beginning to see more networks being constructed of them. As fiber-optics is finding its way in more places around the globe, it is truly revolutionizing the way we communicate with one another. Data Transmition is Quicker Than Ever Modern fiber-optic cables can transmit several terabits of data per second whereas copper wires are not able to transmit data even close to that speed. Traditional copper wires can only transmit as much as 2.5 megabits each second. Because fiber-optics can transmit data at such fast rates, Internet users can enjoy even greater amounts of bandwidth, and people can hear one another more clearly when teleconferencing and making phone calls. More People Have Access to Quality Telecommunication Services Since fiber-optic cables are cheaper and easier to deploy then the traditional copper wiring, more people in rural areas are able to enjoy quality telecommunication services. No longer are these people going to be restricted to satellite television that goes out when it rains or dialup Internet that crawls slower than the speed of a turtle. As more rural areas are connected to major networks, we are beginning to see an increase in subscribers to high speed Internet and cable TV. Less Interference Traditional copper wires are vulnerable to magnetism. When anything magnetic comes anywhere close to these wires, there is interference in the signals. This will explain why people sometimes have static or interference while they are on phone calls. Fiber-optic cables do have metal components; however, these components are not used to carry the signal. So, users can enjoy [...]

2016-11-03T12:26:24-04:00December 4th, 2012|Broadband & Data, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Changing The Way We Communicate

Choosing A Business ISP

Now more than ever, having a secure and reliable connection to the internet is essential for running your business. Ten years ago you may have been able to survive a day or two without internet access, but today that is close to impossible. Whether you are receiving orders through your website, or relying on email for business communications, your revenue depends on maintaining an online presence. This makes choosing a commercial internet service provider a crucial decision. Here are some things to consider before you begin comparing companies. Technical Support The first thing you should ask any ISP provider is: How fast can you diagnose and solve problems? Obviously there are a lot of factors that go into that answer, but what you want to hear is a confident description of their support system. Every company out there is going to tell you that customer service is their number one priority.  This might even be true, but service is not nearly as important as support. Would you rather chat with a friendly service representative, who has no clue on how to fix your problem, or would you prefer to speak with a tech geek that may not have the best social skills, but can get you back online in a few minutes? Connection Speed When you begin comparing providers you’ll find that companies use a lot of different statistics to sell you on their service. The thing is, these numbers mean very little unless you understand the benchmark for connection speed. You should be looking for download speeds in the neighborhood of 100 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 15 Mbps. This pretty much eliminates DSL services from consideration. Just remember that it doesn’t [...]

2016-07-15T11:39:02-04:00September 20th, 2012|Broadband & Data|Comments Off on Choosing A Business ISP

T1 vs DSL

There are many internet service options available for businesses today. They range in speed from under 1 Mbps (1000 Kbps) to 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps), reliability, uptime, repair time, installation time and how quick they are (latency). In this post, we'll compare two popular internet services - DSL and T1 Internet Access. The differences between the two are night and day, but to put it simply "you get what you pay for". T1 Internet Access The downside of T1's Expensive: Starting at $250.Mo and up Slow Speed The upside of T1's Available virtually anywhere Quick: Very Low Latency Consistent Extremely Reliable Immediate response to trouble or outages Ability to handle Voice traffic well Guaranteed by the Telephone companies T1 circuits are copper based circuits that are delivered to a business using a dedicated line (not shared - private). T1's have been popular for years because of their reliability, guarantees and quick performance. They are considered by many as entry level business class connections - meaning they are designed for business use and will provide maximum up-time and performance. A stand alone T1 line provides 1.5 Mbps of bandwidth, which is slow by today's standards. However, by combining or bonding multiple T1 lines, it is possible to reach speeds of 12 Mbps. T1's are expensive - typically ranging from $250.00/mo to upwards of $900.00/mo or more. This makes T1's one of the most expensive connections when breaking it down "Per Meg". Although they have a smaller internet "pipe" and are more expensive then consumer level connections such as FiOS, DSL and Cable, they are truly business class connections that will deliver consistent up-time and reliability. People normally assume that the more bandwidth a connection provides, the [...]

2016-07-15T11:38:57-04:00December 14th, 2011|Broadband & Data|0 Comments

5 Ways Server Colocation Can Benefit Your Business

"What is Server Colocation?" This is a question we are asked by our clients at least several times per month.   When we tell them what it is, the next question is usually "How would that benefit my business?".   The answer to that question really varies from business to business. Colocating a Server - or Server Colocation  - simply means "to put or house your business server or hardware in a Data Center".   There are many reasons to put your server in a data center.  Say for example, a business has it's own email server - such as a Microsoft Exchange Email Server - and it's physically located inside of their office.   The employee's of this business need access to their email, calendars and contacts when they are on the road, at home or on vacation.  They need access not just during business hours - but 24 x 7.   Now say, for example, the Internet connection in the office goes down.   If this business is using DSL, Cable, FiOS or another non-priority internet service, the internet connection could  be down for days.   During this outage, how will their employees send email or see their upcoming appointments? How will they communicate with customers?  If there is not a business continuity plan or backup strategy in place, they may not be able to communicate at all. Once the Internet comes back online, the business owner decides to keep the original Internet connection (costing him $150.00/mo), but also decides to bring in an additional internet connection in case the first connections fails.   He decides he needs an internet connection that is guaranteed and business class.  He decides to order a T1 Internet Connection - which is guaranteed [...]

T1 Internet Promotion (Nationionwide)

T-1 Internet connections are now being discounted in select wiring centers across the USA.  Discounts vary by location, but are as much as 30% off of regular T1 prices.   Discounted pricing is good on T1 Internet connections signed to a 12 month contract.   Discount does not apply to multi-year contracts.    For more information, contact the TrueNet sales team at 888-878-3638  

2016-11-03T12:26:43-04:00October 15th, 2011|Broadband & Data|0 Comments

Bonded DSL in NY and NJ

Bonded DSL (also known as Ethernet over Copper) is now available in New York and New Jersey, in addition to Pennsylvania and Delaware.   With speeds ranging from 2 Mbps to 14 Mbps, Bonded DSL is a great solution for businesses that need faster uploads than DSL and T1 Internet connections, but don't want the expense of a T1. Bonded DSL is available in the following areas: LATA 228: Philadelphia, PA and the State of Delaware LATA 222: Western NJ LATA 224: Northern NJ LATA 132: Southeastern New York  

2016-01-18T15:00:27-05:00October 6th, 2011|Broadband & Data|0 Comments
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