Bits & Bytes: How to Better Understand What You Need from Your Data Services

Posted on: 3 August 2015

When you are choosing your data service plan to suit your individual needs, how do you know what plan is right for you? Moreover, how do you talk to the professionals to ensure that you are having the proper services wired to your home or office? 

The fact is, if you don't know the lingo, you might only find out that you've made a mistake when an astronomical bill arrives in your inbox. Or, you might spend months or even years paying for services that you don't need and never use.

What You'll Use

The first thing you need to do is figure out the services that you will require from your Internet connection. If you don't know, monitor your internet usage for a week to find out. For example:

  • Do you stream a lot of video online? 
  • Is reliable email crucial to your organization? 
  • Are you building and maintaining your website in-house? 
  • Is there a probability that you will need to do these things in the future?

All of these questions can indicate that you need a higher speed connection with unlimited access to data. If none of the above questions applies to you, you may want to explore a lower limit plan to avoid tying up funds that you could invest in other aspects of your business.

The Tech Talk

You'll need to know a few key words to have an intelligent conversation with the professional installing your service.

  • A Bit measures the speed of your connection, and will be displayed whenever you are downloading data from the Internet. If you do a lot of downloading and need it done quickly, ask the professional installing your system if there are speed upgrades available. Expressed as a lowercase b,  other units include kilobits (Kb) and megabits (Mb).
  • A Byte measures the actual data that is transferred along your connection. This is what actually affects your data cap if your plan has one, so have an in-depth talk about your Byte usage with your carrier prior to selecting your services.  Expressed as an uppercase B, other units include kilobytes (KB) and megabytes (MB).

Any time you download OR upload something, exchanging data between the internet and your hardware, you are taking a chunk out of your BYTES. This is, ultimately, where most consumers see an unexpected hike in their bill. Make sure that you have a thorough understanding of the bytes you need, and you can be sure data service providers will wire in the appropriate system for you. Learn more about your options by contacting companies like Austec Electrical.