During your search for an Internet provider, you may have come across the term “T1 line.” A T1 line isn’t typically used in homes because it’s expensive. It’s more appropriate for small and medium-sized businesses.
However, if you’re looking to upgrade a business Internet connection, a T1 line could do the trick. This article goes into detail about what a T1 is, how it works, and for whom it’s appropriate.
Using wireless Internet with a T1 line
The big seller about a T1 line is that it gives you a dedicated connection to the Internet. This means that nobody else will share bandwidth with you. Most T1 speeds start at 1.5 Mpbs. While this is considerably lower than the prices you’ve likely seen for basic home Internet, remember this: most home Internet speeds are significantly lower than advertised because you share bandwidth. This is especially true during peak hours – usually nights and weekends.
What is a Tier 1 network?
Often associated with a T1 line is a Tier 1, 2 or 3 network. A tiered network is the network level for your T1 line. When you’re using your T1 line, you’re actually using it to connect to a dedicated network.
If you do get a T1 line, you’ll want to go with a provider who operates their own Tier 1 network. One such company is XO Communications.
When it comes to home Internet, however, you’ll never hear about tiered networks because there isn’t a need for them. Homeowners typically don’t require secure lines, private bandwidth, etc.
T1 prices in your area
There’s a reason T1 lines are more appropriate for businesses: they’re much more expensive than basic home wireless Internet. A T1 line could cost as much as $350 a month as opposed to your basic home Internet service at around $30-$40 a month.
Wow, why would I want a T1 then? Again, you would want a T1 if you’re a small business owner who needs:
- A dedicated connection.
- A secure line.
- The capacity to handle up to 50 Internet users.
For these criteria, a T1 is the perfect solution. However, for basic home use (standard emailing, browsing and downloading), a normal connection is all you need.