Back in the burgeoning years of internet technology, a lot was to be said about the differences of supplying internet packages to a typical family’s household and that of a business or working environment. Things like face to face video chatting, completing a portion of work at home and the ability to access a computer remotely though the usage of mobile technology have all had a huge impact on what is expected for consumers within a residential demographic. From the business side, the last ten years have shown a huge decline in the amount of internet service providers out on the market today. Many of these smaller companies have been streamlined into an existing big name client and subsequently, prices for these services have declined. With so much integration happening on both sides of the coin, there continues to be some major differences that separate the features of residential and business internet.
When making the decision on what internet package you should go with, you need to evaluate and anticipate both the current requirements of the company as well as its future needs. Depending on how large the company is you may need to establish multiple IP connections. For businesses operating in the technology world the need for multiple IP addresses is one that is essential. Businesses that deal with a high volume of emails many also need more than one IP address to handle the amount of mail sent and received.
Reasons for using a business internet package go beyond the above listed reasons too. Companies and business require a certain amount of reliability that can be sacrificed occasionally on the residential side. As a home owner, experiencing ten or fifteen minute bouts of service loss, while still frustrating, generally does not result in a detriment to the household. In a working environment, the loss of internet if only for five minutes can be disastrous. Data interrupts account for thousands of cases of corrupted emails, dropped conference calls, laggy phone conversations and missed faxes.
A business internet package almost always comes with the promise of better support, response times and reliability than that of a residential internet package. When relying on the internet as an important tool in the creation of revenue of your business, it’s generally a good idea to stick with the level of support and availability that this side of the spectrum can provide.
On the other hand if you are looking to save a few bucks a month on you internet bill and still maintain a relatively small employee pool, keeping your business on a residential internet package can still offer you a lot of perks and features that were previously unavailable only a few short years ago.
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Residential internet packages from a variety of retailers like Comcast or Time Warner now support services that were previously seen as using up a large amount of bandwidth and while still doable in some cases, they would put a heavy strain on the rest of the system making other features inoperable during these times.
Now, many internet service providers for residential situations often go out of their way to advertise how their bandwidth will allow for multiple streams, downloads and even internet gaming to occur simultaneously. This can be great news for a small business or startup that will still rely on web services for contacting and interacting with clients in different parts of the country or even the world.
Essentially, what this is all going to boil down to is the needs of the company versus how much funds there are available to allocate towards the service. Also, be aware of any laws or regulations that govern businesses using residential services. These generally vary by state and can be easily answered with a quick Google inquiry with your state and “residential/business internet laws” as the query.
If you or someone you know is contemplating which avenue will be the best to pursue for their internet needs, draft up a list. Create a hierarchy of importance amongst the items that are necessary for the needs of the business. Equipped with this list, shop around with the internet service providers in your area, ask questions and don’t settle with one company until you are absolutely certain it will be adequate for all of your needs.