Is a T1 Service Better than DSL?
Is a T1 line better than a DSL connection? A more appropriate question might be "Is a T1 connection MORE APPROPRIATE than a DSL connections". A T1 connection and DSL connection both supply bandwidth at high speed but have two factors that significantly differentiate them from one another. Those factors are price and reliability. A DSL connection has a low price and is less reliable than a T1 line. A T1 is much more costly than a DSL connection but is also much more reliable.
So are you seeking out reliability or price? Reliability becomes important when customers or employees depend on your connection for immediate 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 because you host the e-mail server in-house or host web servers, your connections are considered crucial. A critical connection can be viewed much like a life line, without which your business would be negatively impacted. Your monthly savings of having a sub-par connections will not recover for the loss in productivity of your employees or loss of customers when your DSL connections gets bogged down or disconnected. To reiterate, critical connections should be supported with a T1 connection.
Many customers are extremely price sensitive and cannot manage to pay for a T1 which can be as much as 20 times more expensive 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 be fortunate and discover 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.