Convenient Internet access is a must for today's small business workplaces.
If your employees don't have a reliable online connection, it could spell disaster. But at the same time, you need to find a connection method that won't break the bank.
Although some businesses rely on cable and other Internet access methods, many small companies find that DSL service is more than enough to handle their online needs. But identifying a DSL provider is just the beginning of the process. You'll also need a DSL modem that can handle the workloads you demand from your service.
The choice of DSL or cable Internet access is a big one. But if you decide DSL is your company's best option, here are some of the popular products and vendors you will find in the marketplace.
- Qwest. Qwest DSL modems are designed for Qwest DSL service users and include a wireless router. Business users receive Wireless-G connectivity and a built-in 4 port Ethernet switch for wired connection for up to four computers. Like many DSL modems, this product comes with a built-in firewall to protect your company's data from unwanted intrusion.
- NETGEAR. NETGEAR'S RangeMax Dual-Band DSL modem is another product that features a wireless router (Wireless-N technology). Users receive data transfer speeds of up to 300 Mbps. This device also features an ADSL 2+ modem that will enable your workers to quickly connect to your DSL service provider. It's easy to install and is a green-friendly product because it has full Energy Star compliance.
- Best Data. The Best Data DSL602EU modem is another modem worth considering. Data transfer speed is somewhat slower at 26 Mbps, but it is capable of supporting both ADSL 2 and ADSL 2+ technology. Although the target market for this product is home use, it can also work for a small company, especially since its $30 price tag is difficult to beat.
- AT&T. AT&T's 4-port Ethernet Wireless Router with DSL modem is yet another product that combines modem and router capabilities in a single device. It features four 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN ports that accommodate up to four users. From a compatibility standpoint, you can use this device for either 802.11b or 802.11g networks, based on your router needs.