Many people ask, “What is the best Internet provider in my area?” Unless there is only one Internet service provider in a person’s area, the answer to that question depends on a number of factors. The first question that has to be asked is whether or not the Internet connection is to be used for business, for residential use or both.
A high speed Internet provider usually has packages for both residential and business use. The differences between the two are mostly seen in the services that are offered. Residential Internet packages usually come with access to the Internet in incremental speeds and an email address provided by the Internet provider. Business Internet works a little differently.
Business Internet service providers offer the same incremental speeds and email addresses to customers, but they also provide other services. Basic small business Internet service, for instance, may come with web hosting or a virtual private network (VPN). Other Internet packages for businesses go so far as to provide enough speed, bandwidth and stability over a fiber Internet connection that a business can run their own web servers, private networks, use video conferencing, stream video to customers, provide cloud computing, and allow all employees remote access on a single connection.
Most small businesses don’t need these kinds of Internet providers, but they are available in many areas if needed. Internet providers do their best to cater to the needs of businesses, and because of this, they have developed packages that are more flexible than residential packages. Home-based businesses could also benefit from small business Internet services.
Businesses can use a business Internet service in the same ways that residential customers can. Some examples include TV streaming, movie streaming, online gaming, and surfing. When a person is trying to maintain a business from home, it can be helpful to have a stronger connection and additional IP addresses. Additional IP addresses mean the ability to split one business line into two within a house. One is used for the business devices and the other is used for the residential devices.
Business Internet service providers tend to make business connections better for VoIP phone services too. Residential Internet is designed for casual Internet use, while VoIP is possible on a residential Internet connection. They work far better on a business Internet line when the connection is also being used by the family for other things.