Is a T1 Service Better than DSL?
Is a T1 connection better than a DSL connection? A more appropriate question might be "Is a T1 connection BETTER than a DSL connections". A T1 connection and DSL connection both offer bandwidth at high speed but have two factors that greatly differentiate them from one another. Those factors are cost and reliability. A DSL connection has a low price and is less reliable than a T1 connection. A T1 is much more costly than a DSL connection but is also much more reliable.
So are you looking for reliability or price? Reliability becomes important when customers or employees depend on your connection for instant responses. If your customers use your connection to query your databases or your server or the Internet then reliability of your connection is critical. If your employees depend on your connections since you host the e-mail server in-house or host web servers, your connections are considered crucial. A critical connection can be seen much like a life line, without which your business would be negatively impacted. Your monthly savings of having a sub-par connections will not make up for the loss in productivity of your employees or loss of clients when your DSL connections gets bogged down or disconnected. To reiterate, critical connections should be supported with a T1 connection.
Many customers are very price sensitive and cannot afford the cost of a T1 which can be as much as 20 times more costly than a DSL connection. Residential customers who are most susceptible to price should not consider a T1 connection unless then have a business reason to pay for such a circuit and cannot access DSL service. You may get lucky and find a T1 connection that is low cost which would give you both price and reliability, but be careful. Many T1's sold for under $600 are not genuinely dedicated circuits and are oversubscribed. In short, if price is your critical factor go with DSL. If reliability is the critical factor, then order a dedicated T1.