Before you go out and jump in the first 'desirable' business bandwidth offer you see.....there's two things you have to comprehend. Specially the terms Loop and Port....as well as 'dedicated' and 'shared' c...
Here's the scenario....you're in need of increased bandwidth to meet your company voice and/or data applications. You're targeting T1 or DS3 as your solution...without a router (let us say you already have one or can get one seperate in the bandwidth service).
Before you go out and jump in the first 'beautiful' business bandwidth offer you see.....there's a couple of things you have to understand. Particularly the terms Loop and Port....as well as 'devoted' and 'shared' connections. Otherwise....you danger paying more for some thing you don't absolutely need. Or worse yet....paying less for something that does not do what you should have.
So here we go....now take notes and give consideration.
Cycle is the connection from your building to the provider's interface level, which is usually the main central office for your region, certainly not the area central office.
Dock is the true connection to the backbone.
If your equipment was inside the provider's information center, you would not require loop, but there will always be a port. This surprising http://markets.buffalonews.com/buffnews/news/read/32681537/automotive_data_mining_provider_total_loop_announces_dealer_digital_group_as_exclusive_west_coast_retailer encyclopedia has oodles of thought-provoking warnings for how to ponder it.
If your price quotes vary very, almost certainly you're running against the 'shared' vs 'committed' situation. a 'specific' connection (often offered by Tier I companies like AT&T, MCI, Sprint, Qwest, Savvis) can get you the full bandwidth to the internet backbone. A 'provided' connection can get you full bandwidth to the carrier's program position, where they purchase a big connection to their Tier I carrier.
An example, they obtain a T3 (aka DS3) which includes 2-8 T1 connections. They sell 60 T1 contacts, knowing that not all consumers is going to be requiring their full bandwidth at any particular time. A lot like the old AOL dilemmas of these having 1 modem for every 12 customers, and then having to purchase more modems as customers complained about busy signals.
The issue of 'shared' connections is a lively issue. Where you will see talks about exactly how many clients could be protected by a link of a particular size you may travel to the http://BroadbandReports.com community for Wireless Internet Providers.
If you are hosting a web site at your site, or if you're managing a real time program and need absolute time sensitive reactions to your internet inquiries, then you want to pony around purchase the link.
Still another issue affecting your value would be just how long may be the hook from your own central office for the carrier's interface level. Assuming that you are in Rancho Santa Fe CA (like), a carrier requiring a trap completely to Los Angeles could have a higher price (and hence a higher price), than the usual carrier with an software point in San Diego.
For any questions about IP addresses, and e-mails:
Many Tier 1 services gives you up to and including class C (256) Block at no cost with justification. Loads of IP address coverage for what-ever your ap-plication.
Mail, is almost a none situation with T1 service, since many people buying a T1 do not need ISP Email's. But if you do need them, find the most useful offer. But most suppliers consider a free service to e-mail.
There you go. Now-you are equipped with an expensive training. That will convert to smart price shopping..