Customers aren’t always aware of every service that’s available. With ever-evolving technology, it’s tough to stay on top of the latest offerings. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, call an Internet provider and inquire directly.
The primary service provided, it comes in different speeds suited to a customer’s usage. Providing a connection that’s significantly faster than a dial-up modem, high-speed Internet (also called broadband) can utilize a variety of available technologies to bring faster service to customers’ homes. Speeds run from 4 to 110 Mbps (megabits per second).
A digital subscriber line (DSL) provides Internet service by sharing a standard phone line, using frequency separation for voice and digital data.
Cable broadband utilizes the same network that delivers cable television broadcasts. It shares some similarities with DSL but makes use of different cabling systems. Cable speeds are higher than standard DSL speeds.
Fiber optic service provides broadband through telecommunications technology, with data sent as light pulses through optic cables with fibers made of plastic or glass.
Satellite broadband incorporates a satellite dish, transferring information back and forth via a two-way broadband connection.
Increasingly common in rural areas is the fixed wireless option. This method utilizes radio signals and antenna technology. In places where cabling and other wired infrastructure aren’t in place, antennas can make Internet access a reality. Generally, between 1 and 10 Mbps of network bandwidth can be supported.
Small and medium businesses can benefit from multiple services offered. Faster data transfer rates are available. Also, services can be customized to include a combination of voice and TV features. A business can expect access to industry standard services such as business phone lines, credit card machine lines, video for offices and the hospitality industry, and mobility applications, to name a few of the many features available to commercial clients.
Many Internet providers have an in-house technical team dedicated to providing businesses with the specialized, on-demand support they expect. Also, providers may partner with other companies to make additional services available to business clients.
Routers and Network Adapters
For customers who want Wi-Fi home networking solutions, an Internet provider can help by making recommendations, or by selling or renting out the necessary equipment. Wi-Fi is a wireless method of connecting multiple devices, like two computers and a printer, using a routing system. This creates a local network with the devices connected to each other without cables.
A provider can check service areas for prospective clients. In fact, coverage maps often are accessible online via the provider’s website. Simply enter an address and instantly see whether or not the home or business is within the coverage area.
Depending on what the customer needs, package deals are available combining Internet, voice, and cable services. Customers can select the high-speed broadband service of their choice, or they can opt for a package that adds options, including premium cable and unlimited voice with local and long-distance calling. Package deals can add convenience and deliver cost savings.