That depends on three factors:
number of users
type of use you make of your Internet connection.
If your usage of the Internet is low to moderate then a non-dedicated ISDN
line is probably right for you. The charge for this type of telco
connection is usage based. When you want to open up an Internet connection
you dialup our designated ISDN pool. (Actually, a piece of equipment called
a router activates the connection only when the Internet is actively being
used. This minimizes your connection charges.) If you want to run a server
you will need to leave the connection up. You’ll do this if you want users
outside your network to access your server or network - for visiting your
web site or file server, even picking up email stored on your server. But
you can easily see that the price for two-way communication can add up fast
with this type of ISDN.
That’s why if you require a full time two-way connection to the Internet, a
dedicated ISDN line is the option for you. The charge for this type of
telco connection is a flat rate based on distance - the distance between
your Bell Atlantic Central Office and ours (in Red Bank or Toms River). The
shorter the distance, the lower your telco charge, of course. A dedicated
ISDN line takes the surprise out of your monthly telco bills, as well.
Especially if you share the same Central Office with us, the cost of your
dedicated line may be less than a non-dedicated line.
We hesitate to provide hard and fast figures for the number of users that
different bandwidths support. (Bandwidth is the capacity of a data channel.)
This is because your bandwidth requirement depends on how you use the
Internet and even on your local area network setup. For example, a 64 Kbps
connection may be more than adequate for 20 users involved in a
low-bandwidth application -- email or the like -- while it would be wholly
inadequate for even one person involved in a videoconference. As a matter
of fact, video- conferencing requires at the very least a connection 6 times
the capacity of a 64 Kbps line!
Placing a proxy server on your network
(which "serves" software applications to other computers on your network) is
a way to reduce your bandwidth requirements. For example, the proxy server
stores recently visited web pages, so that the pages are read off of the
server instead of over the Internet. This is a valuable function for
classroom situations. It eliminates the need for simultaneous download
sessions by 30 students - the instructor can simply pull up the web site
before class begins.
If you happen to require a bandwidth higher than 128 Kbps, which is the
maximum capacity of ISDN, then we can offer you T-1 access (up to 1.544
Mbps). You have the option of starting out with a full T-1 connection
(which potentially supports hundreds of users) or grow into increasingly
higher bandwidth increments: between 256 Kbps and 1.544 Mbps. T-1 lines
are always dedicated.
Obviously, you’ll probably need some helping determining what type of
Internet Access is best for your situation. Fill out our assessment form or
contact our office and we’ll answer your questions.