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How to Set Up Internet for Your Business

How to Set Up Internet for Your Business

In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to setup internet for your business. We’ll start by showing you how to find the ideal providers for your building, then choose the perfect package, and finally, setup your router to optimize performance.

What’s Available in Your Area

Your first step is to confirm which internet service providers (ISP) are available in your area. You can do this using the FCC’s National Broadband Map. Just type your business address in and it will return a list of providers on your census block. Be sure to change the filter to “Show Wired” to remove mobile data providers.
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Use the FCC Broadband Map to check service in your area

While there’s a few large national providers, such as Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T, etc., they’re not available in every state. Likewise, there’s often smaller local providers that may offer competitive pricing and more personal customer service.
What’s Available in Your Building

Next, you’ll want to confirm which ISPs are available in your particular building. It’s not uncommon for some ISPs to only be available in certain buildings in a city, especially if they’re smaller, newer, or based on expanding infrastructure like fiber optic. The easiest way to do this is to ask your neighbors, property manager, or real estate broker. If you share the building with other businesses, chances are there’s already a wired connection from one or more ISPs installed.

You can also often check by entering your address on an ISP’s website. While this will return a quick yes or no to availability, it won’t necessarily tell you who is the most efficient option — like if another ISP is available in your building, for example.
The Different Types of Internet Connections

These are the most commonly available types of internet connections and the differences between them:

    DSL – A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is a phone line-based internet connection, although unlike older dial-up technology you can use your phone line at the same time that you’re online. It’s typically the slowest but most affordable option and widely available.
    Cable – Cable internet tends to be faster than DSL, but can fluctuate depending on the number of subscribers in your immediate area using it at the same time. Cable connections can offer fast download speeds (usually around 50 Mbps) but slower upload speeds (around 5 or 10 Mbps).
    Fiber Optic – The newest and fastest type of connection available. Fiber optic connections have extremely fast upload and download speeds (usually 100 Mbps and higher). Also, as a direct connection, your internet does not slow due to other subscribers in your area.
    T1/T3 – A dedicated phone line-based internet connection, which, like DSL, does not tie up your phone line when it’s in use. Traditionally, was this the only way to get reliable high-speed internet (up to ~45 Mbps up and down) for an office. However, these have become less common with the expansion of fiber optic connections.

Generally speaking, a fiber optic connection is going to be the best option for an office with multiple concurrent internet users. Cable is a good backup if fiber is not available in your area, and DSL is a reliable low-cost option.
Talk to Your Neighbors

As with any product or service, the best resource for reviews and recommendations on your internet service are your neighbors who are familiar with the ISPs available in your area.

Rahul Alim of Custom Creatives told us about problems he encountered after setting up a DSL internet connection at his office. One downside to a DSL connection is that speeds can vary depending on your distance from the ISP’s local hub. Sure enough, Rahul found that his internet connection was slow and unreliable and it was affecting his business’ ability to operate.

Fortunately, Rahul was able to work out a deal in which he and a few other neighbors shared the cost of running a new fiber optic internet connection to their area. This helped bring down the cost of what would otherwise be an expensive installation process for any one individual business.
Choosing Your Service Package

The next decision to make will be the level of internet package you subscribe to. This will include your bandwidth (download and upload speeds), bandwidth allocation (any monthly download maximums), as well as other business-related features like service level agreements (SLA) and disaster recovery.

Other than price, bandwidth is the most important variable to consider when choosing an internet plan for your business. Bandwidth is the speed of the internet connection, measured in megabytes per second (Mbps), and includes two numbers:

    Download speed, which is the rate at which you can download or receive files
    Upload speed, which is the rate at which you can upload or send files

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