On the surface DSL seems like an awesome option. The advertised speeds for DSL of 1.5 to 6 mbps are much more impressive than the steady 1.54 mbps that T1 offers.
When looking at advertised speed, DSL seems like the obvious choice. However when we look a little deeper we can see that those speed numbers are a little misleading.
DSL circuits are oversubscribed, meaning DSL users share their connection with others around them. Imagine that you are given two different options for driving to work. The first option is a 4-lane highway, shared by all of the drivers in your community, with a maximum speed limit of 75 MPH. During peak traffic hours the 75 MPH highway has bumper-to-bumper traffic and numerous delays. Instead of traveling at 75 MPH the traffic moves along slowly at 10 to 15 MPH.
The second option is your own personal roadway with a speed limit of 55 MPH. This road is used by only one person, YOU. There is no traffic, there are no stop signs, and there are no traffic lights. It’s just you and the freedom to drive up to 55 MPH whenever you want. With your personal highway you no longer leave your house wondering how much traffic there will be and how much it will slow you down. Instead you can rest assured that anytime you drive you will always be able to drive 55 mph.
The 75 MPH highway is DSL. Though it is advertised as having fast speeds the occurrences where subscribers actually enjoy those advertised speeds are rare. Instead the speed is divided among all of the users in your neighborhood who share one DSL line.
T1 is the 55 MPH personal highway. The maximum speed potential is significantly lower than DSL but it is NOT shared. The 1.54 mbps of speed is ALL YOURS every time.
Every business is unique and the best broadband option for your business really depends on what you plan to use your broadband for. At broadband.com we offer both services and our product recommendations vary depending on the broadband needs of our customers. To get a better idea of which service is right for your business check out the DSL and T1 pages at broadband.com or try out our live chat option on the top of our homepage to get real-time assistance from one of our broadband experts.