Business Vs Consumer Internet – One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Since businesses and consumers have very different functions, it follows that their Internet connection needs wouldn’t be the same either. DSL is a viable option for both businesses and consumers. However there is a broad range of services that DSL offers. Fortunately, DSL is not a one size fits all type of deal. Instead, options are customizable depending on your needs.Consumer Internet UsesAnybody who has an Internet connection at home- which at this point is most people in North America- knows what consumer Internet needs are. These are the activities that you do on the Internet on a daily basis. Some activities are common among all users such as checking your email or Facebook account. These days, most people also download music from sites like iTunes, or watch movies on YouTube.Since the majority of consumers are using the Internet for downloading music, videos and other multi-media, they need to have the bandwidth to support this. High bandwidth and high transfer rates are essential to making the consumer Internet experience successful.Rarely do consumers use the Internet for uploading. Yes, occasionally people will upload their photos to Flickr or make a video of themselves singing along to their favorite song on YouTube. But generally speaking, consumers don’t upload data nearly as much as they download it.Consumer InternetDSL providers have come up with a way to give consumers exactly what they need without wasting bandwidth by giving them more than they will actually use. Since consumers download more than they upload, it makes sense that they would have more download bandwidth than upload bandwidth. This is where ADSL comes in.ADSL stands for Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line. The asymmetrical part of ADSL is that the download and upload bandwidths and transfer rates are not equal- they’re asymmetrical. Download rates are around 8 Mbit/s whereas upload speeds are only 1 Mbit/s. This difference accounts for the fact that most consumers download far more than they upload. So instead of wasting space on something consumers don’t use, DSL providers give them more of what they do use.Business Internet UsesBusinesses, whether they are small, medium-sized or huge corporations use more bandwidth than consumers. Hence, their Internet needs vary greatly from that of the consumer. Since businesses are doing business, they need to interact with their customers and therefore need to be able to upload information. Web sites become a gateway for businesses to interact with their clients.On a daily basis businesses will upload forms, movies, pictures, data, articles and everything else that has to do with their business. Depending on the size of the business, this can amount to a lot of information uploaded every single day.Like consumers, businesses are also downloading tons of information. In order to keep in contact with clients they need to have access to their information. This may be as simple as online form, or it may be more complicated like downloading entire presentations or video conferences from another branch. Whatever the use is, businesses need just as much bandwidth and speed for uploading as they do for downloading.Business InternetWith their needs being so different, it wouldn’t make sense for businesses to have the same type of DSL services that consumers use. To meet the demands of businesses that need large bandwidth for both downloading and uploading, DSL providers have come up with SDSL.SDSL is another form of DSL, where the ‘S’ stands for Symmetrical. Instead of having different upload and download transfer rates as with ADSL, SDSL offers transfer rates that are the same for both uploading and downloading. In this way, SDSL caters to the need for businesses to both upload and download at high rates.No matter what your needs, if you’re a consumer just wanting to watch some funny videos on YouTube, or if you run a business that needs to upload information every day, there is a DSL service that is right for you.