Thursday, February 21, 2013

How Reliable Is Ethernet Over Copper?

The main question is how reliable is the service? Also, how mature and hassle-free is EoC technology compared to other enterprise internet solutions?

EoC is a commercial grade technology... dedicated, symmetrical, full duplex, etc. Thus as reliable as T1s VS. DSL/Cable broadband, which is consumer grade... shared, asymmetrical, no SLA, etc.

Also like T1, the bandwidth you're quoted is what you'll receive (minus a bit for overhead, e.g. 10 megs will be more like 9.5-9.75). Compared to DSL/Cable speeds, which are considered 'best effort' -not dedicated. For example their 10 meg service might actually turn out as 6, 7, 8 on any given day or time of day.

To put it very simply...

EoC is very matured and reliable.

The main advantage of Ethernet circuit it is much easier to upgrade. With the traditional bonded T1, an upgrade in circuit speeds can take months as the local phone company has to drop additional loops. With an Ethernet circuit, the port speed can often be increased with a “click of a button”.

Another great advantage is that Ethernet over Copper is delivered over copper pairs of DS0 so EoC does not require expensive fiber build outs. In non technical terms... it runs over plain old copper telephone wires.

Ethernet over Copper pricing is much lower than that of bonded T1 circuits.

It is actually just as reliable, if not more. EoC circuits have a SLA (Service Level Agreement) just like T1 lines most often with the exact same conditions. Also, it runs over multiple pairs of copper. When one pair goes down, the bandwidth available does drop but you don’t loose the whole circuit as you would with a t1.

So I definitely wouldn’t worry about reliability or uptime.

If you'd like to compare available providers at your location....to include getting free quotes .... simply ask here:

EoC Quotes For Business

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