Speed Comparisons for Connecticut Internet Access Options
With apparent floods of information regarding Internet service packages and providers, knowing what speeds various access modes offer is key in determining the service best meets needs in Connecticut. When evaluating “speed” of any type, note that speed is reflected as bandwidth–amount of data sent to and from the Internet. The higher the rating, the more “bytes” are transferred per second.
Connection Explanations and Speeds
A Digital Subscriber Line or DSL provides Internet access over existing telephone lines. Because once a line is in place, it becomes a type of public access line, DSL providers can be independent of a telephone company. Most DSL services offer transmittal speeds ranging from 128Kbps to under 10Mbps. Traditionally slower than cable, technology improvements are closing the speed gap. VDSL, a more expensive version, can reach up to 30Mbps, however.
Cable Internet providers package cable ISP with television channel access packages. Using a junction box called a router, cable Internet services tie into the cable lines and have great clarity and speeds–when the cable signal is transmitted and received, which is both an advantage and disadvantage to cable services. Cable speeds optimally reach approximately 30Mbps.
Broadband speeds vary widely. Minimal data transfer rates starting as low as 256Kbps or as high as 4Mbps qualify as broadband speeds.
Satellite Internet service uses radio wave technology to transmit wireless signals to and from the Internet. Depending on the computer’s location, local Internet traffic volume, and weather, satellite speeds can be as low as 240Kpbs, but often the mobility offered counters most inconveniences.
T1 Internet access is a high-speed connection starting at 1.544Mbps in bandwidth. Two single T1 lines offer the same data transfer rate on two separate lines, represented by the equation (1.5+1.5=2×1.5). Bonded T1 lines, however, combine the bandwidth capabilities, translating into a 3Mbps access rate or (1.5+1.5=3). While two separate T1 lines can be used from two different providers, Bonded T1 lines must be from the same provider to expand bandwidth and speeds.
Peak-Use Restrictions and Slow-Downs
Please remember that any Internet service depends on geography and local demand. Dial-up, DSL, and Broadband connects are especially susceptible to peak usage slow-downs and ISP bandwidth limitations. Read the service agreement completely for qualifications and restrictions before choosing which service best suits bandwidth and accessibility needs.