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Major Questions to Ask Potential Metro Ethernet Providers

If you've outgrown your internet service, Metro Ethernet can be the perfect upgrade -- but only if you get it from the right provider.

So, how do you separate the good from the bad?

Just ask your potential Metro Ethernet providers these 5questions!

"What does you coverage map look like?"

Since this type of technology is particularly good at connecting satellite offices together, the best Metro Ethernet providers will be able to offer service in a bunch of different areas.  Just remember, though, bigger isn't always better.  The bigger providers probably already have their entire infrastructure up and running, but the smaller providers will be constantly expanding into new areas.

Bottom line -- it all depends on where your network needs to go.  Don't make any assumptions about service until you look at a coverage map.

"How do I add more bandwidth?"

The great thing about Metro Ethernet service is that you can pick exactly how much bandwidth you want -- and you can add more anytime you want.  So, the correct answer to this question is an explanation of a simple process that only takes a few minutes (or, at the very most, a couple of hours).

If any of your potential Metro Ethernet providers say they'll be happy to add all the bandwidth you want -- and you'll see the changes take effect in a few weeks -- run!  After all, time is money!  For every minute your business can't operate at full speed, you're losing money.

"What kind of equipment do I need?"

The right answer is "not much!"  In fact, in some cases, your existing router is good enough.  Even if you do need some new equipment, it won't be much.  And, luckily, you won't need an entire room full of hardware like some other telecommunications options require!

"How many satellite locations can I link to my network?"

Good Metro Ethernet providers will offer "point-to-multipoint" service -- which means that your data can be linked to as many different places as you want.  If a potential provider only offers "point-to-point" service, it means your network can only go from the main office to one satellite location.  For most companies, that's not enough!

"How easy is it to manage my backups?"

The good Metro Ethernet providers will explain that one of your "points" can be an offsite disaster recovery site.  That way, accessing your backups is just as easy as sending information over to another office.  That way, you'll never be out of touch if disaster strikes!

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