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Should Your Business Use a Failover Backup Internet Connection?

Mother Nature has been an unpredictable lady of late, and with her unpredictability comes the instability of your business internet connection. But that doesn't have to be the case. If your business is completely reliant on fast and reliable internet connections in order to survive each day, then having a failover, or backup, internet connection is an absolute must.

But what kind of backup internet connection should you have? A good rule of thumb to follow is that you should avoid having the same type of connection that you have as your primary source. For example, if you have DSL as your main connection, it doesn't make sense to use DSL as your backup as well. That's because if a power outage or technical issue affects your main DSL connection, why wouldn't it also affect the backup connection as well? Many businesses who have DSL as their main connection opt to use a dial account as their backup plan.

Sure, this could work, but do you really want to step back into time with a dial up connection? Doubtful. There are many reasons why dial up is far from ideal. Chief among these reasons is the slow connection. When you're considering your backup plans, wouldn't it be ideal if you could have a failover option that doesn't compromise the performance of your business?

Enter the 3G/4G/LTE Failover Internet Option

With a failover internet provider such as redPIPE, your business will be have a backup connection with the performance and reliability of a 3G/4G/LTE connection. But why is that so important? Because a 3G/4G/LTE connection will ensure that you still have internet access even in the event of an outage - and by outage we're talking about most outages your business will ever have to experience. When Mother Nature takes down power lines, cell phones are still accessible, thanks to the fact that satellites orbit the planet, far from the harm of a storm. And, if an accident knocks down telephone poles, your internet won't blink and eye because your failover connection doesn't rely on those telephone poles in order to connect you to the web.

When you weigh your options - one backup internet plan prevails

The whole point of a backup internet plan is to offer you peace of mind if the unexpected - and unwanted - occurs. All too often, when considering failover options, businesses don't truly factor in all of the "what ifs' of a power outage. T1 lines, DSLs, cable modems and more provide fantastic primary connections to your internet. More times than not, you'll never have to worry about these connections failing on you. But it does - and likely will - happen. And when it does, the only way you and your business will remain connected is if you choose a backup plan that relies on completely separate technologies than your main source of connectivity.

Remember that even in the largest disasters, we often remain connected to the outside world through our cell phones. Now imagine your business using that same connection to continue operating, no matter what disaster or technical meltdown occurs. If your business is like most others - and relies on the web for constant communication, data storage, and even conversions and transactions, you can't afford to rely on a backup plan that's at risk of failure if a disaster or outage occurs.

Protect your business, and your connectivity, by using a 3G/4G/LTE failover internet plan, offered through redPIPE.

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