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I've been wanting to move my home office into a real office building but every place I've looked at has come with T1 internet. I looked up T1 and it says it's about 1.5mbps (both down and up), which is about 1/10th of my home internet downspeed. I work in internet marketing with a focus on multiplayer gaming software, so I obviously need a fast connection and 1.5mbps isn't anywhere close to cutting it. It sounds like it would be fine for generic internet browsing, but would be far too slow for downloading large files and gaming.

I spoke with the IT guy at one of the buildings and he was under the impression that T1 would be fast enough and explained that it's better than a 15mbps home connection because the 1.5 is dedicated to my office only and won't fluctuate at all. However, I don't understand how this is relevant, seeing as 1.5 is still slower than my home internet even when it is lagging at peak times.

Can anyone give some insight into this?
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post #2 of 26
Insight on what exactly?
Edited by KGB7 - 1/21/13 at 2:26pm
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It works differently than Cable.

It's an all digital connection, and that means you get that same 1.5mb/s speed both up and down, compared to cable where you get high download speeds, but slower upload speeds, since cable was originally only used to broadcast, and you have to use the analog modem. T1 is also a direct line from the provider, so it's more reliable.

but you're right. cable internet gets you much faster speed, for a fraction of the price. The reason that they don't use it is probably because it'd be harder to run to all of the offices compared to the T1 (which is already there), and would be a bit less reliable than T1 (even though you'd probably be happy to sacrifice this for a bump in speed I'm sure).

My cable connection is 50mbps down, 10mbps up, so I can see where you're coming from being surprised that an office connection is only 1.5mbps. I haven't been in networking for too long, but my guess is that T1 was about as fast and more reliable than cable at one point in time, but now cable has advanced in speed to where T1 just seems obsolete.

There are some advantages to it, but if you're looking for pure speed, T1 obviously isn't going to cut it.
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Thanks, I suppose I'll have to keep looking then. I'm surprised that literally every single place I've looked at has offered T1 if it's so outdated.

I assume this also means I wouldn't be able to lease an office with T1 and then call up Comcast and get them to set up something better, if they're on different types of lines, right?
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T1's basically bought for reliability and guaranteed bandwidth, but remains pretty expensive for what it is.

For the purposes you outlined, you'd likely be more satisfied with a business grade cable connection (you could even team it up with a DSL connection as backup or something, with both being cheaper than a T1).
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Thanks, I suppose I'll have to keep looking then. I'm surprised that literally every single place I've looked at has offered T1 if it's so outdated.

I assume this also means I wouldn't be able to lease an office with T1 and then call up Comcast and get them to set up something better, if they're on different types of lines, right?
Yeah, I don't know. I would assume T3 would be the standard nowadays because it's pretty close to the speed of my cable connection. I don't know though. I'm still a student. I've got a degree in networking from a community college, but no real experience, so all I know is how the stuff works. tongue.gif

T1 and Cable lines are different, yes. Whether or not Comcast is able to run their lines to that office depends a lot on the office. You'd have to ask about that when looking at the building, or maybe ask Comcast about it? I'm not really sure. I've never had my own apartment much less an office.redface.gif
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As others have mentioned, it has to do with reliability, availability and SLA agreements which usually have higher priority depending on the line of business.

Even "business-class" DSL or Cable will not guarantee 100% availability of the bandwidth you've purchased and when something breaks, they'll give you a 24-72 hour commit window. Not good if your business depends on your network access.
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http://www.megapath.com/data/broadband-comparison/

A T1 may not have the bandwidth you require. A DS3 or MPLS cloud will start at about 3k per month for the service not including the 12-15k for the hardware.

Business class Cable, FIOS, or Business Ethernet will probably the best economically. Business Ethernet can get you a SLA of 99.99% uptime

A T1 isnot the go to anymore, nor would I just through out a recommendation for it.
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would you be allowed/able to just get a business FIOS connection? Is this in the U.S? I have tremendous speeds (75mbps down/35mbps/up) but I typically get 85 down/35 up. for pretty cheap with a cable tv/phone triple play. Since I got it around 6 months ago I have had 0 downtime and only had to reset my modem once.
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The difference between DSL/Cable/FiOS and T1 is SLA.

Speed is only a small fraction of the pie when it comes to dedicated lines. It's all about up time.

At my last job we had a lot of remote sites that worked with T1, but not even full. Some were 512k and others...were 128k! They mostly only checked e-mail, but they were always up!

You need to look into getting a business account with either a FTTx or a DS seller. You could get any type of connection you want, but you're not paying for speed; you're paying for SLA.
    
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