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By dbarry98 ·
Greetings,
Is there a general rule of thumb to use when planning bandwidth to an office? This would be for Internet service only.
I have 6-8 people on a 56k line, but need to upgrade.
Thanks a lot,
Dave

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by paidhima In reply to Bandwidth Per User???

Well, it depends on what you need it for. If by Internet service only, you mean just casual browsing, information gathering, and email, then look for DSL or Cable access. You may or may not be able to get access in your area. If not, then ISDN isa possiblity. If possible, I would go with ADSL (if you don't have cable TV access to the office, the cable internet service is usually as much as $20 more expensive than with cable TV) at a speed of 640k down or so ($40-$50/month). For around $100 you could have as much as 1.5Mbps down, which will let you do everything you want rather quickly. Couple that with either a router or a hub capable of distributing DSL access (Linksys and Netgear both make good, not too expensive ones). If you need a hardware firewall (highly suggested for an office), Linksys has some great DSL/Cable routers/firewalls.

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by paidhima In reply to Bandwidth Per User???

Whoops...hit that submit button too quickly... To continue, you can scale DSL up to around 7.1Mbps (again, depending on access restrictions), which will really get you moving.

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by SteveH0039 In reply to Bandwidth Per User???

The most valid answer is porbably it depends. However, the good news is that if cable and DSL are not options, your next step up on a leased line is some level of partial T-1. Check with your ISP but this should mean that you could start with a smaller service like 128k and, if that doesn't meet your needs, upgrade up to a full T-1 with a minimum of fuss and without having to upgrade network hardware. Good Luck!

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by Saratoga NY In reply to Bandwidth Per User???

Dave,

The long answer is: Get as much bandwidth as you can as soon as you can. Your people will be fascinated with the experience and will explore every possibility (Including some things that have nothing to do with your business.) Eventually the newness will ware off, they will get back down to business and you will be able to gauge how much bandwidth your business actually needs.

And who knows....One of these people might get creative and find a way to put more down to the bottom line for your company!

For the points I can give you the rest of the Broadband story....

Thanks,

Mark

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by MightyIdle In reply to Bandwidth Per User???

The best rule of thumb is to get as much bandwidth as you budget will allow. No matter how much you get, your users will find a way to take advantage of it. In your case, A Cable or DSL solution would be best, if available. If not, then look intoa fractional T1 would work and still be cost effective. With only 6-8 users, a full T1 could be quite hard to justify.

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