Sunday, May 13, 2001

Internet Connectivity

Frame Relay

Frame Relay is a dedicated connection to a packet switched network. That means that the connections from one side to the other are indirect - you are talking to a phone company switch, which in turn is talking to the site you are trying to connect to or to another switch. Since the links between are shared, they may experience congestion that is not caused by either side of the connection but by the general traffic in the frame relay "cloud". The amount of bandwidth you actually receive is based on the CIR (Committed Information Rate) from the phone company. Internet Express has an 80% CIR in U.S. West territory. Frame relay is generally much less expensive than point to point connections. It is up to the customer to do a cost/benefit analysis of the pros and cons of frame relay. This type of connection also requires a router and a CSU/DSU to be installed at the customer site and at the Internet Service Provider.

Frame Relay (only available in Iowa):

Monthly Set up Fee
(including phone company charges)

$ 400
$ 500
$ 600
$ 700
$ 800
Full T-1
$ 950

Equipment needed:
Cisco Router w/Internal CSU/DSU$2,225.00

How much speed do I need?


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