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What Makes the Internet Faster? Category: Blog

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Many internet service providers claim to have the fastest speeds available on the market, but what does that mean? While people are generally familiar with the experience of slow internet vs. high-speed internet, what actually differentiates the two in a technical sense? This article dives into the definition and metrics of internet speed to explain what makes one internet connection faster than another.

Megabytes Per Second

At the most basic level, the internet transfers information that is packaged in bits. "Bit" is shorthand for binary digit, and it's a number that can be either 1 or 0. Eight bits make up a byte, a thousand bytes make up a kilobyte, and a million bytes make up a megabyte. Internet speed is a measure of how quickly information can be transferred from the web to a user's computer. High-speed internet like DSL and Cable achieve download speeds of multiple megabytes per second (MBps).

What Affects Internet Speed?

Internet service providers provide customers with varying levels of 'bandwidth' that determine the flow of information their device is allotted. The larger the bandwidth, the more information can flow through a connection. The more devices on one connection, the slower the internet will be for all of them as they divide up the bandwidth. Other factors that can reduce a connection's MBps include worn/aged wiring or cable, unoptimized wireless, or bandwidth-hogging plugins.

How to Speed up an Internet Connection

There are a couple of tricks that can boost the octane of a connection. But first, make sure to have the right product that meets your needs. Basic high-speed internet packages might suffice for an individual but not for a family using multiple devices. Many streaming services, for example, require speeds of at least 5 MBps for optimum quality. Even more so, if you'd like to stream 4K resolution movies, then 20 MBps will be needed to make your streaming video look just like live TV. Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Vudu will test your internet speed before streaming their content, adjusting the quality of the video to match. They recommend a bandwidth in the range of 5-10 MBps for 1080p resolution video and high-quality audio. Also, keep in mind that sometimes it's not just your bandwidth speed that may be affecting your download quality. If the wi-fi router in the home is more than three years old, consider investing in one that has more bandwidth capabilities. Other bundled services like TV and voice will not affect the internet bandwidth. If the bandwidth is still insufficient, users can try closing unnecessary applications and disconnecting idle devices.

Understanding how to measure and improve internet speeds can help maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of any internet connection. To learn more about our high-speed internet services for homeowners and business owners alike, reach out to D & P Communications today by filling out our contact form.

 

What Is a Fiber-Optic Network? Category: Blog

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When using high-speed internet, people don't typically think about the technology that delivers this service to their home or business. Learn the advantages of using a fiber-optic network when compared to the traditional broadband internet option.

How This Network Operates

Used for decades to transmit large volumes of data across long distances, fiber-optic cables use flexible glass strands bundled together and protected by an insulated casing. Traditionally, the final connection from a cross-country fiber-optic system to each home or business in a community had been accomplished through coaxial cables or phone lines. These are less efficient than fiber cables, which means they yield slower data download internet speeds.

It's now becoming more prevalent to complete a full fiber-optic network by replacing the stretch of a phone line or coaxial cable to a home or business with fiber-optic cables. This leads to higher internet speeds, something that customers place in high demand, both here in our service area in southeast Michigan and across the nation.

What Are the Benefits of Using Fiber Optics?

Fiber-optic networks offer many benefits to consumers, communities, and businesses. They include the following:

  • Higher data transfer speeds
  • Easier & less expensive to maintain when compared to copper and coaxial cables
  • Systems are more reliable with decreased downtimes

Because fiber-optic cables have a greater capacity for carrying data, they can easily be rated as high as 1 Gigabit per second, much higher than broadband. For example, if your broadband download speed is 20Mbps, an HD 2-hour movie would take around 30 minutes to download, while a fiber-optic connection would download the movie in under a minute. In the fiber-optic network itself, fewer signal boosters are needed since light delivers data more efficiently than electricity does over longer distances. The resulting signal is cleaner, too, since fiber optics are less susceptible to interference.

All these benefits translate into a faster, better high-speed internet experience. While fiber is still being implemented in residential homes across the country, businesses have been seeing its benefits for some time now. If you'd like to learn more about the individual internet, cable, and voice packages that we can provide your home or business, reach out to D & P Communications by calling 800-311-7340. Want to build a custom fiber-optic network for your business? Fill out our form to get a custom business quote.

Shows Worth Binge-watching in 2018 Category: Blog

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There's nothing like coming home after a long day to relax and catch the next episode of a great show. For anyone in between shows, 2018 has a massive amount of exciting shows to binge on, new and old alike. Read on to find what to binge next.

"The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story"

When "Glee" and "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy announced he was creating a docudrama about the O.J. Simpson trial, it was a controversial move that gripped viewers. Now, the successful "American Crime Story" series has proved its worth and is picked up for a second season. This season, Darren Criss takes on the role of fashion designer Versace's murderer, Andrew Cunanan, for a gripping and captivating mini-series that tackles topics such as prejudice and homophobia. It premiered on January 17 on FX and can be viewed on demand through many TV services or streamed online through Internet and cable bundles.

"Heathers"

Michael Lehmann's acclaimed cult classic Heathers has seen its share of reimaginations, including a Broadway musical. Now the story is being reconstructed as a TV series that combines Mean Girls with murder. This recreation will merge black comedy with a gripping drama that will have longtime fans of the movie and newcomers alike on the edge of their seats. "Heathers" will premiere on Paramount Network in Spring 2018.

"One Strange Rock"

Perhaps best known for his acclaimed films Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, director Darren Aronofsky is bringing a documentary series to TV cable viewers that will take an inquisitive, mystical look at the place humans call home. Filmed in over 40 countries and across six continents, this breathtaking miniseries premiering on National Geographic will remind viewers of how incredible, mysterious, and humbling our planet can be.

"This Is Us"

With the second season of NBC's "This Is Us" just recently finishing, this is the perfect time for viewers to catch up on a nationwide favorite. Covering decades of intertwined family lives and several people who all share the same birthday, this often tear-jerking drama reveals the ways in which we are all similar and different. The characters in "This Is Us" all mourn, rejoice, suffer, forgive, and grow in such authentic ways that it's hard for fans not to see a reflection of themselves.

With numerous new shows coming to TV and streaming services every week, it's never difficult to find something new to binge! To avoid missing out, call D & P Communications today at 800-311-7430 to set up TV and Internet services.

How D&P Communications can help your business Category: Blog

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Whether you operate a restaurant, a repair shop, a consulting business, a doctor’s office, or a salon, you didn’t get into business so you could spend all your time managing your phone system or your computer network. You got into business to do something you love and something you’re good at — and the tools you use should just work.

That’s what D&P Communications is here for. Our business is keeping you connected ... so that you can run your business without having to worry about it.

In other words, we do our job so that you can do yours.

There are five big reasons your business should partner with D&P: Speed, reliability, flexibility, fair pricing, and personal service.

Speed

The tools of business are constantly changing, and one of the biggest changes we’ve seen in the past several years is that more and more services are moving to cloud-based applications. From email to accounting to the program you use to track your sales, the things businesses used to do with software installed on their computers are now being done through a web browser with data stored somewhere else.

That means businesses need a lot more bandwidth than they did before. D&P is constantly upgrading our infrastructure to stay ahead of the curve, and as a result we’re able to offer industry-leading internet packages to our business customers. We offer a 110M/25M package (that’s 110 megabits per second download speed and 25 megabits per second upload speed) throughout our coverage area for just $139.95 per month, and an even faster 175M/40M package in Adrian and Tecumseh for $189.95 per month (just a little over $6 per day).

Reliability

When it comes to keeping you connected, our philosophy is simple: We want to stop problems before they start.

We’ve built a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network that’s designed to make service interruptions as infrequent as possible. While some Internet Service Providers string their cables on telephone poles, 100% of our fiber-optic network is buried underground. We’ve also built our network to be redundant, so that if something does happen to a cable — such as a buried cable being struck by an excavator — your data can be instantly rerouted so that you don’t notice any difference. And all of our regional hubs are equipped with generators and battery backups.

We do all of this to keep our network reliable so that your internet experience is as effortless as possible.

Flexibility

As a locally owned company ourselves, we know that no two businesses are alike. That’s why we offer customized packages to fit your unique needs.

If you run a small brick-and-mortar store with just a handful of employees, your needs will be different than if you run a mostly-online business with employees and contractors scattered around the world. No matter what kind of business you own, our team will come in, meet with you to assess your needs, and develop the best phone and Internet package for you.

Maybe you need a robust phone system with dozens of lines, fax-to-email service, and support for working remotely. Maybe you want some of these services but don’t need all of them, and you’d rather just pay a monthly fee for your service and not have to worry about having a phone server installed on-site. Or maybe a few phone lines and a voicemail system will do just fine.

On the Internet side, one of our off-the-shelf packages might meet your needs, or you might need something more. No matter what your situation is, our Business Solutions Group will help you get the things you need without paying for the things you don’t.

Fair pricing

With D&P, there’s never any guesswork and we don’t do bait-and-switch pricing. The prices for our standard packages are listed on our website, and we’re committed to providing all our services at a fair and consistent cost.

Personal service

We’re not a corporate giant with employees spread all over the world ... we’re a local business just like you. When you call us, you’re talking to somebody local, and top-level management is directly involved with customer service for our business clients. With us, you’re more than just an account number — you’re a neighbor and a partner.

Do you want to learn more about how D&P can help your business? Call our Business Solutions Group at 888-536-2933. We look forward to hearing from you!

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