Choosing a network connection can be a vexing task, but for some companies and self-employed individuals—especially ones who fulfill Internet-heavy directives on an hourly basis—it may well be the most important business decision you make. Few office difficulties are more frustrating than not being able to connect to the Internet, or having a video stall out or an important email lost in transit, or having an abundance of failed downloads or uploads. That said, there are few silver bullet solutions to acquiring the perfect network connections.
ISP‘s must be carefully compared with the objective required, which is why businesses must consider the needs of their employees, and individuals must consider the kinds of tasks they will be tackling. Here several of the more important factors to consider:
This is often the first consideration. “How fast does it go?” If all you’re doing is checking your email and browsing the Internet, you will probably be fine with a garden variety dial-up connection. But if you’re like most people and you want to stream music, television shows, and movies, or if you’re planning on multi-tasking and doing all this while also transferring files and running torrents, you’ll need a broadband connection. The most common broadband solutions are a cable modem,or satellite service.
Speed isn’t the only aspect of a good Internet connection, you’ll also want solid, consistent performance. Consider things like the ease with which you get online, the rate of drop-outs, the display of MB and GB-heavy media such as pictures and videos. Will you be hosting large volumes of media? You’ll need more than a dial-up for that.
Price and performance are linked pretty tightly when it comes to Internet connectivity. You’ll need to consider usage limits on data transfers, downloads, uploads and time restrictions. For example, if there are limits to how many hours you can be online or how much data you can download, know this beforehand.
Many Internet providers offer additional features such as spam blocking, virus and malware protection, real-time chat services, video conferencing and cloud computing technologies. In the case of cloud services, companies that use a multiplicity of native and automatic platforms like PHP, ASP, Python, and Perl may need shared hosting directories that are streamlined and synchronized. However, many DSL, ADSL, and SDSL broadband services encompass cloud-like solutions.
This is not the end of the discussion. If your network requirements will vastly exceed those of the average Internet user, you’ve still got a Herculean task in front of you: finding the right ISP for your web needs. But starting here, with issues of speed, performance, price, and special features, will put you on the right track. Happy hunting!