I am currently considering getting a residential fractional T1 service (512 x 512 or lower). What is the price that I am looking at? providers? installation time? I have cable at home but with extremely low up speed. That's why I am looking at the frac T1 for greater upload speed.
Would like to be able to combine both connection and do some load-balancing (maybe when the users need to upload a significant amount of MBs), the t1 connection will be used. When downloading big files, it will utilize the cable connection.
PS: I dont know where I should post this thread, and as the thread has some connection with bandwidth providers, I put it here. Pse move accordingly.
Here in North East Ohio its about $282/mth for a point-to-point T1 curcuit. Thats for inside CO connects. If you attempt to connect to another CO the price doubles. Thats the normal price to an average joe. If your someone like QWest or XO your getting major discounts.
Look into wireless access, its got some upfront costs, but its compariable in speed to a T1. No monthly reaccuring costs either.
I couldnt get dsl. my cable upload is capped @ 128k. I am very happy with the download speed. Its just that I also upload a lot of files of significant MB, so I hope to be able to get at least a broadband service that could guarantee at least 384k up speed.
I ran into http://shopfort1.com/ a few days ago on Google. It might be worth seeing what can of pricing they can offer you. FWIW, if you are worried about spam / harssing sales people - I checked off "window shopping only" on their quote form, and haven't even been given a follow up call.
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ISPs with DS3 hubs or other central office aggregation (MPLS/etc) can get T1 tails, to a residence or otherwise, for on the order of $150 - $300 per month in or near what I'll term the NFL cities or large metro-areas.
That doesn't mean you can call up Qwest and order a T1 for that price, but you should certainly be able to find ISPs with reasonable pricing; not more than $400 - $600 / month I'd say. This isn't price-competitive with business DSL offerings, but if it's not available to you, it's a great option. In addition, most T1 providers are not going to nickle-and-dime you for IP addresses, DNS service, and so on.
CPE is inexpensive as well. You can get Cisco 1600-series boxes with T1 WICs for a couple hundred bucks, or you can just choose an ISP who will bundle managed CPE in with your circuit cost.
Do a little research on the offerings in your market before discounting this option.
A few years ago when I got started I ran a T1 into my basement for $499/mth. The bandwidth was from a local ISP and wasn't the greatest.
Check into running a single T1 into your area, then setting up a cheap access point on your roof and reselling Internet access to everyone in your area. You can subsizide your bandwidth addiction that way.
I'd give Newedge Networks a try if you are out West and don't live in an "NFL City". They are one of the more reasonable providers i've found, and they have pop's all over the place, even in some Tier-2 and Tier-3 markets. www.transedge.com I think is where you want to check for pricing. If I remember right, in Salt Lake (out in the suburbs, actually) it was around $550/m including local loop, and they would give you free CPE if you signed a 2-3 year contract. Contact them for more details, but it sounded like a pretty good deal to me.
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