When running an internet line through your business, you'll find that you have several different options for wiring, all of which have advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we're going to discuss the pros and cons of using DSL cable, EOC cable or Fibre cable. Interested in learning more about what would be the best connection type for your businesses data network? Give us a call and let's discuss it!
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What It Is: DSL stands for Digital Subscriber Line. In a DSL connection, you are using a 2-way phone line to connect to the internet, without disturbing your phone. DSL is the most readily available form of internet connection today in Canada but that is changing as fibre becomes more available. DSL is also very popular for small businesses.
Disadvantages: DSL is generally less reliable than EOC and fibre, has limited speeds and often causes issues for businesses looking to use VOIP, SIP or cloud-based phone services in addition to causing issues for cloud-based applications that require significant bandwidth.
Advantages: The advantages of DSL includes that is has the highest availability of these three connection options and that it is inexpensive.
EOC (Ethernet Over Cable)
What It Is: Is a technology that uses ethernet in the first mile with an RJ-45 jack connection that conventional ethernet cables use. Beyond the first mile, the connection is carried over a coax cable network.
Disadvantages: EOC usually has lower upload speeds than download speeds (not a synchronous connection, which can cause issues with some cloud-based applications or with accessing data on-site from an off-site location. In addition, there is a lower upper limit to connection speed options, whereas fibre the upper limit is significantly greater.
Advantages: EOC is marginally more expensive than DSL with significantly higher speeds. In addition, there is usually a wide range of connection speed options with EOC compared to other types of technology.
What It Is: A technology that uses glass (or plastic) threads (fibers) to transmit data. A fiber optic cable consists of a bundle of glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting messages modulated onto light waves.
Disadvantages: Fibre can take a long time to be installed if it is not already connected into your building and it is more costly than other connection types.
Advantages: The advantage of fibre include higher bandwidth capabilities, less susceptible to interference, more reliable with higher uptime and has no problem handling VOIP, SIP or cloud-based applications and can be immediately upgraded to a higher connection speed.
There are several ways to create an effective, fast and efficient internet connection for you business. Whatever you choose make sure that all of your needs are covered. If you'd like some more help deciding what may be the best choice for you, feel free to contact us today!