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ADSL Buyer's Guide - Crucial Things To Check With An ISP

At last, you have decided to take up a broadband connection. How can you choose the right one when there are lot of ISPs around which seems well in a mushrooming market? The very important aspect to look while choosing a broadband provider is making yourself well clear of what all queries you have with for your ISP. Getting your broadband connection is very important because it’s all your money that you pay for it and it needs a big commitment to get a package that should do everything you need. Rushing to go with whatever that comes first to you will mess up with an inappropriate package and push you again to look for another provider to switch. Beside the speed and download limit concerns, here is the list of key issues to check with before getting a Broadband internet.

1. Fixed or dynamic IP address? On having an ADSL connection, users are given an IP address, which can be either static or dynamic. A static IP address does not change, no matter how many time your modem is switched on and off in a day. Dynamic IP address is which supplied every time you put on your internet modem. So your IP address changes every time you login to internet. It is important, if your PC is networked with any kind of server, as you need to have a fixed IP address. It is not suitable having an IP address that change all the time for the people who have this kind of setup.

2. Will you be allowed having a Server? Few ISPs restrict to have a server within. You should check the terms of contract for this as some other physically block the server related parts in the connection. People requiring a web, FTP or mail server within their network must check the ports 80, 21 and 25 respectively and see whether they are enabled or not.

3. What Contention Ratio you will have? The idea in the networking area is usual for sharing the existing infrastructure. In ADSL broadband, you share the existing bandwidth with others and is termed contention ratio. Less you share, faster is your broadband. Single user packages usually come with a contention ratio of 50:1 whereas the expensive options are of 20:1 ratio. For home users this cannot be an issue because a situation like being on internet for downloading a file at same time cannot happen. Most people use a part of the offered bandwidth at a given time when the rest won’t be working online. But this is very important for business users. A lower contention ratio (20:1) will be advantageous if you frequently download files, call using VoIP and mail a lot.

4. Price and Duration Price is the biggest aspect to be scrutinized before having an ADSL connection. Once you have decided having a package, you need to compare the similar package with the other ISPs. After choosing your ISP you need to check for the below: •What is the minimum period for having the service and additional charges for early termination? •Is your connection, contract based or pay-as-you-go type? •Is the connection price VAT included?

5. Service support? Broadband is a maturing service and problems are inevitable. Therefore, it is must to have a service within, which actually supports anytime you met with a problem. This support comes as a part of the whole package. It may be a 24/7 telephone support or a support engineer in you premises when you have a problem needing an engineer to sort it out. The important thing here is what exactly this support is and how it will work for you. They may be in different form and you must be sure about it. So is your telephone support a 24/7 service or only available from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm? A complete support available anytime is important because web surfing is anytime activity and people may have habit of surfing heavy on a weekend holiday. In addition, you should have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) if you are not available with the support service. Having a Broadband service needs some considerable financial commitment from you. Therefore, you need to be well clear before signing-in and being successful with it will make your broadband experience more pleasurable.


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