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From fiber, to copper, to metro Ethernet, the varieties of Ethernet and Fiber Internet networks are practically endless. So, how do you choose one that meets your business’ needs AND fits into your budget?
All you have to do is look at 4 different things:
1. Look at your employees
The more of them you have, the more Bandwidth your Ethernet Internet network needs to have. Seems simple enough, right?
But it’s not all about quantity.
You may have a small group of employees – but if they all have web-intensive responsibilities (like if they spend most of their day downloading videos or uploading giant files and sending them off to clients), you’re going to need to look at more sophisticated Ethernet Internet networks.
2. Look at your company’s locations
If you have a ton of different offices, you’ll need an Ethernet Internet network that can connect all of them together, without skipping a beat (or, what’s known as “point-to-multipoint” service). If you opt for a point-to-point network instead, you’re only going to be able to connect the main office with one other hub.
But even if you only have one remote location, a point-to-multipoint Ethernet Internet network is a good investment. After all, if you have an off-site backup location, it counts as a “point” (meaning you really have TWO hubs to worry about). Plus, you’ll be able to expand your company in the future, without worrying about changing your network.
3. Look down the road
Speaking of future plans, what are yours? If the thought of upgrading to a different network in a few years makes your head spin, consider getting a fiber-based Ethernet Internet network. That way, you’ll have the very latest technology, and you won’t have to worry about something “new and improved” coming along later.
4. Look at your budget
It doesn’t have to limit you as much as you might think, even if you own the smallest of small businesses. That’s because the great thing about Ethernet Internet networks is that they’re affordable. So, even if your budget is teeny-tiny, you can get great big service.
Even if you can’t afford a fiber-based network, there’s nothing wrong with copper. It was considered “king of the mountain” until fiber came along a few years ago! In fact, people didn’t think the tech world could do any better than copper until fiber wowed them. So, don’t feel like you’re “stuck” with copper!