Advice on business internet connection


Diamond Member
Jun 24, 2006
My team is moving to a new office building. I'm trying to help figure out what kind of connection we should get. The office is in Manhattan NY, if that matters at all.

DSL, cable, FIOS (if available)? What is the most reliable? I know that with cable you are sharing bandwidth with other peers on the cable network, and that you could potentially get slow-downs as a result, but is this true in practice? My cable at home is almost always fast.

Connection speed
What is the minimum we should get? 8 employees. 3 of them are sales who are probably using youtube, IM, email, browsing, etc. 3 of us run queries, transfer medium sized files over the network to other offices in the country, browse, email, etc. Two of us are developers and in addition to typical use as the team members above, we transfer large files back and forth across the connection, run queries that will return tons of data (often dozens of megs, sometimes hundreds, sometimes need to transfer files that are 1+ GB). I initially said minimum 3Mbps up/down, but I think 6 up/down might be the minimum we'd need. Any thoughts?

VPN tunnel
Will be needed to connect us to the corp network. We'll actually need two VPN tunnels because there are two datacenters we need hookups to. Can this be done with a single VPN device? How significant/necessary is hardware SSL acceleration for our setup? I know nothing about this kind of hardware or setting it up (I'm not setting it up, just advising on the requirements gathering phase since I'm the most technical among our team, and others will be implementing all this).



Platinum Member
Apr 10, 2004
IMO - the ranking goes from FIOS > Cable > DSL Cable entirely depends on where you, what ISP you have and how many connections are on your local node. It can be very good or just as bad as DSL. DSL is more dedicated but the connection itself is much slower and depending on how far you are away from the telco equipment and the conditions of the lines, reliability can suffer.

As far as VPN devices, any VPN device should handle what you need. Most VPN devices can handle multiple tunnels without an issue. If reliability is what your looking for, find out if multiple ISP's are available, if so, get two accounts. It will cost more but if you need your internet 100% of the time, one connection won't cut it. If maximum speed is what your looking for, definitely FIOS if it's available. You can also find out if your office building offers an ethernet connection for internet. Some office buildings are connected via fiber to a bigger connection and then provide ethernet to it's tenants for a certain fee