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The business guide to Ethernet

Ethernet is commonly used in office environments. Simply put, it is a system that enables computers to communicate with each other. This local area networking (LAN) technology also gives companies the opportunity to connect multiple sites without the restrictions of a typical broadband service.

What is Ethernet?

The inner workings of Ethernet are known as a link layer protocol. This system describes the process of how devices format and transmit data. The link layer protocol also works in unification with Internet Protocol(IP) and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). This supports how data is sent over a network.

This networking technology comprises of a ‘frame’ and a‘packet.’ These elements work together to transmit the data and establish a suitable connection to ensure the information reaches its final destination. As Ethernet can handle the connectivity of multiple devices and locations, businesses often have a ‘switch’ device that supports and directs data to the right destination.

The benefits of Ethernet for businesses

The fast and efficient networking capabilities of Ethernet make it a top choice for businesses looking to streamline internal systems. It has several benefits compared to traditional broadband including:

·       Can be used in wide area networks (WAN) to link multiple sites

·       Unrestricted upload speeds and buffering

·       It doesn’t slow down at peak usage

·       Synchronous connection means that there are no differences between upload and download speed

·       It’s ideal for businesses that use cloud-based services, as you are guaranteed a fast and reliable connection.

Compatibility with VoIP telephone systems

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone systems are becoming a popular option for business communication. This system offers greater flexibility and cost savings. However, a fast and dependable connection is required. Ethernet provides the perfect partner for this technology. As it enables bandwidth prioritization to help you manage connectivity traffic to ensure all systems work in harmony.

 

Service-level agreements

If your business chooses an Ethernet connection, service providers also offer a service-level agreement (SLA). This contract is put in place to ensure your organization receives an adequate service. It also ensures contingencies are in situ to reduce downtime and interruptions.

What does your business need for an Ethernet connection?

Previously, Ethernet networks were commonly used with co-axial cables. In modern installations, fiber connectivity is making it possible for network distribution from Ethernet over Fibre to the Cabinet (EoFTTC) connections. In short, your Internet service is provided via a local street cabinet,which is fed directly to your premises.

If fiber is not available in your area, you can also reap the benefits from Ethernet First Mile (EFL) connectivity. This connection uses twisted pair cabling that is shared with traditional copper telephone circuits.Working alongside signal processing technology it also brings you fast and uninterrupted services.

There is also the option to have a fiber connection installed directly to your business premises. This gives you the fastest Ethernet speeds, but this does come with associated costs. Factoring in lead times and potential disruption during circuit installation is also essential.

To find out more information about Ethernet services and to get a free quote for your business, contact us today.

December 18, 2018