Using the PS LIGHTWAVE Speedtest Page: Common FAQs

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Every time you connect to the Internet with your device, there's a lot going on to make that connection happen. Primarily, data is being sent back and forth between your device and the Internet service provider's servers. You upload a video on Facebook, you sign in to Netflix to binge-watch your favorite show, you send an email to a friend — all of these things require data transmission, and the better your speeds are, the more efficiently you can make all these things happen. The PS LIGHTWAVE Speedtest page helps you keep tabs on just how well your connection is performing. Take a look at this helpful guide of FAQs to better understand the speedtest. 

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Dedicated Fiber Service

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Typical fiber companies have a formulaic approach to their business. They create a few packages designed to lure new customers to them, and then wrap them into more costly and less valuable packages for each subsequent year that they sign up. They rely on customers to become hooked on their services and their speed, and then keep them trapped in a web of ever-increasing costs and fees. 

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Ransomware Attacks are on the Rise — Is Your Business Safe?

By PS Lightwave Content Team

In January of 2018, providers and administrators of Hancock Regional Hospital in Indiana were stunned to discover they were locked out of their own systems; they were forced to stop providing services and to transfer patients to other facilities. The brand paid a $55,000 ransom to reestablish its network and begin serving the community again. Even though the official FBI guidelines advise against paying up, the hospital had no choice, without the network, they were unable to serve patients safely or bill for the services they could still render.

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The Business Cost of Slow Internet

By PS Lightwave Content Team

A painfully slow Internet connection doesn’t just cause you to have to wait an extremely long time for videos to download. It could be costing your small- to medium-sized business money.

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What is High-Speed Internet as Defined by the FCC?

By PS Lightwave Content Team

High-speed Internet used to mean a 56k modem. Things change. Today, there may be a broader spectrum of "high-speed Internet" than ever before, with consumer speeds reaching 1 Gigabit in some areas. High-speed Internet is going to keep changing, but FCC standards tend to provide an excellent baseline regarding what can currently be defined as a high-speed connection.

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A Breakdown of an Internet Minute in 2019

By PS Lightwave Content Team

An internet minute. Does that sound short? It's not at all. The scale of the internet has grown to be vast and global, with an extraordinary amount of data being transmitted every single minute. While you may be procrastinating, hard at work, writing emails or on conference calls, the internet still continues to turn. Here's what you can expect to see happen in an internet minute.

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Data Trends and Your Business

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Data: it's constantly growing. As organizations have begun collecting larger data sets, it's become necessary to house these data sets in dedicated data centers. And that has made it even more important to have a reliable, continuous connection. Here's how business data is changing, and what your business needs to do in order to change with it.

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SD-WAN and Business Needs

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Reliability, connectivity and security are the hallmarks of a business WAN. Yet cloud solutions have rendered traditional WAN architecture difficult to implement. Instead, SD WAN architecture is on the rise. Software Defined WAN solutions are the WAN solution for the new era, making it possible to connect business architecture. Businesses with multiple offices often need the reliability and speed that a WAN can provide. 

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What is Enterprise Business Internet and Why do You Need it?

By PS Lightwave Content Team

An enterprise has unique needs in terms of internet access. Not only does the internet service have to be fast and scalable, but it has to be able to manage large numbers of connections. As enterprise increasingly becomes reliant upon cloud-based solutions and VoIP telephony, enterprise internet services need to become even more robust.

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Dark Fiber: The Pros and Cons

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Dark fiber (also known as "dark fibre") refers to unused, dormant network fiber. Still potentially useful, dark fiber can be found in many areas. It's simply optical fiber that is no longer being used by the business that placed it. However, though the optical fiber isn't being used right now, it's still available. Dark fiber can be purchased directly from the companies and the ISPs that own it, or leased and rented. When leased and rented, dark fiber has some clear advantages over new fiber-optic networks. 

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