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How Fast Is A T1 Line?  
User currently offlineRiley From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 173 posts, RR: 44
Posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

Well I never thought broadband cable would come to this. Been having BIG TIME speed issues with my connection and my ISP is unable to solve the problem. I'm running at about 1.4mb per second and due to time constraints and workload it's just not fast enough anymore. I was getting around 2.5mb per sec up to around Jan 1 and then it just backed off. My ISP has agreed to cut my monthly fee by $10 but that's not solving the problem. Now I'm thinking about having a T1 connection installed but want to do my homework first. What can I expect as far as speed and are there any other issues I need to be prepared for before I make the plunge?


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User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2445 times:

T1 is like $300 per month at least. Have you tried to switch providers or anything? I'd try something less drastic first, as that's not exactly chump change.

User currently offlineORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

I don't have any firm numbers, but T1 is obviously very fast but also veerrry expensive. I though I've read that they were at least $1,000 per month but I could be mistaken. I've never heard of a private residence having a T1 connection, usually its schools and companies. Have you tried DSL? I would try and exhaust all less expensive possibilities before considering T1, unless you have the cash to throw around in which case go for it!

[Edited 2005-01-10 07:28:39]

User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2423 times:

$600-$1000/mo depending on things. However, be aware that a T-1 is only 1.5 Mbps.

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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3328 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

T1 is the basic standard for leased line capacity. (guaranteed capacity !)
The "pipe" is 1.544Mb (up to 24 x 64Mb channels).
US prices vary from 500-550 to 1,200$+/month.

An ISP cannot and will not guarantee capacity, it all depends on how much capacity they have themselves to the internet backbone, and the secret in the business is to have the higher number of clients downstream and paying the least possible costs (leased lines) upstream, a headache when it comes to caring about the Quality Of Service.

If you already got 1.4Mb, a T1 is no solution. The step higher is a T3 (up to 45Mb of guaranteed capacity) but then you multiply the monthly rental by a factor 10....

My suggestion is to sit with your ISP and have a honest discussion.

User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3241 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2361 times:

As others have mentioned, a T-1 is 1.5Mbps. The difference is that this is symmetric; you get this speed both upstream and downstream. With most DSL service, you can get that downstream, but the upstream is usually slower (I've seen it as low as 128Kbps).

David / MRY

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