Shared and Dedicated Bandwidth

Shared and Dedicated Bandwidth. Deciding on what Internet plan should be suitable for your business or home, usually comes down to choosing between two basic types of plans. Both have nothing to do with wireless, satellite, landline or fibre-optic Internet connection, but rather on the bandwidth allocated to you. The amount of bandwidth assigned to you can be the difference between a computer connection having instantaneous or manageable speeds and one that moves slowly almost like a dial-up.

What is bandwidth? Bandwidth refers to the volume of data that can be sent at one time through a computer network or Internet connection. The greater the amount of bandwidth, the more data can be transmitted through it at a given time, resulting in a faster connection. Before you can consider your choices, you must first understand your needs. Here are the facts you need to know about each of these plans so that you can decide which one is best for you:

Shared and Dedicated Bandwidth. Shared Plans involves a set bandwidth shared among users, On a shared Internet connection, all bandwidth (5 Mbps, 10 Mbps, etc.) is split among all users and devices. Download and upload speeds on a shared package are “up to” a particular limit.  If traffic on the shared bandwidth is light, users will experience faster download speeds.  If all users are on the network are streaming video or uploading large files, speeds will decrease. This package is usually recommended for homes and small businesses with limited internet use.

Dedicated Plans like its name is the bandwidth that is dedicated to the user. With a dedicated plan, your business is the only subscriber to a specified amount of bandwidth, that bandwidth allocated is for your use only. Those assigned dedicated bandwidth have access to more reliable services, like having stable download and upload speeds, with no slowness due to normal peak usage periods. There is also no limit on the amount of data that can be transferred. Businesses that rely on providing online service to their customers (e-commerce, production houses) and which depend on uploading and downloading content, media entities that provide content to masses online,  having dedicated bandwidth can eliminate problems such as slow ordering, slow upload or download and video buffering leading to having satisfied customers.

Shared and Dedicated Bandwidth. Ideally, the difference between dedicated and shared bandwidth isn’t how information is transmitted over the Internet, but rather how connection and access to the Internet (bandwidth) are distributed. The decision regarding which type of Internet plan is right for your business really comes down to your needs and costs.

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