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Bandwidth optimization improves any connection

The Internet consists of a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networks that connect billions of computers worldwide. Each of these internet connection types have unique characteristics which present challenges for users. Let’s summarize the strengths and limitations of the most common carrier technologies in use and see what our cloud-based bandwidth optimization service can do for them.

Satellite

Satellite has the great advantage of being independent of last mile restrictions. At the same time, satellite is the most expensive solution on the market. Due to the distances involved, satellite systems have high latencies. Some satellite implementations also suffer from jitter and packet loss. So, while satellite offers global coverage, it is the most challenged of all Internet links. Acceleration Systems mitigates satellite’s speed, latency, jitter, and packet loss issues resulting in faster, more responsive connections while reducing the amount of traffic traversing the space segment.

Cellular

Cellular, in addition to providing communications on the move, fills gaps where land-based connectivity is lacking. But like terrestrial services, cellular has limited coverage. Even where signal strength is strong, the connection has finite capacity and speed can suffer. The metered service model used by most carriers makes cellular expensive for data intensive applications. Acceleration Systems’ technology increases the effective speed of the link while lowering the volume of data moving across the network.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi provides wireless access to local area networks. Wi-Fi’s affordability and the proliferation of wireless devices have made it a popular network technology in homes, offices, and public venues. Performance can suffer not just because too many users are on a Wi-Fi service, but also from neighboring wireless LANs running on the same frequencies. When frequency ranges get saturated, packets get lost and overall performance plummets. Another consideration is security. The wireless nature of Wi-Fi makes it easier to hack because physical access to the network is not required. Acceleration Systems’ service improves overall performance by reducing the volume of information moving across the network which, in turn, lowers the likelihood of frequency saturation and the incidence of packet loss. Our technology also encrypts all communications over the link. Good bye hackers.

WiMAX

WiMAX is referred to as Wi-Fi on steroids. WiMAX can enable service up to 1 Gbps and transmit signals over much longer distances than Wi-Fi. The extended range of WiMAX makes it a potential alternative to DSL and costly cable or fiber build outs. Acceleration Systems’ optimization technologies improve performance over the wireless link while increasing the number of users the service can support.

Microwave

Microwave has the capability to create high speed data links that span 30-40 miles. Unlike Wi-Fi and WiMAX, microwave is a point-to-point solution. This makes it attractive as a backhaul option in rural areas and as a backup to terrestrial links in high reliability installations. Microwave requires direct line of sight making deployment a challenge in mountainous terrain. Cloud-based acceleration from Acceleration Systems can increase the data capacity of microwave systems which increases the user experience and lowers cost to serve.

DSL

Digital subscriber line (DSL) is a family of technologies that simultaneously provides Internet access over the same twisted-pair copper wiring used for voice on the publicly switched telephone network. DSL performance drops off markedly with distance from the central office. The maximum practical distance for DSL depends upon multiple factors, but is usually considered to be no more than 3 miles. Acceleration Systems offers an affordable technology that can turn a slow DSL connection into service that meets the needs of office workers.

T1

T1 technology uses copper wire to provide digital data transmission rates up to 1.544 megabits per second. T1s have the advantage that they traverse longer distances than DSL. Their cost and limited speed, however, relegate their use to locations that lack alternative digital connectivity. Subscription based acceleration from Acceleration Systems increases T1 performance 8x to 12x and typically does so for less than the cost of a second T1 line.

Cable

Cable provides a fast connection within its existing footprint. The limitation with cable is the high cost to expand the network which effectively limits availability to well-populated areas. Not all cable operations run state of the art technology and consequently they have not keep up with demands for more performance. Acceleration Systems’ cloud-based service speeds up cable services which provides an economical answer for users on cable systems that under perform.

Fiber Optics

Fiber optic communications send digital information though glass fibers using laser light. Fiber has much higher capacities than copper based technologies. The practical limitation of fiber, like cable, is the cost to extend service beyond existing networks. As good as fiber performs, users can experience performance drops when running cloud-based applications, connecting to cloud-based files storage, Microsoft Exchange servers, and data intensive transfers. Acceleration Systems improves the performance of all of these applications over fiber connections

Acceleration Systems’ bandwidth optimization makes any Internet connection perform better. To learn more about how you can optimize your service or to arrange a free trial, contact an acceleration specialist at 216.468.5200.