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Your guide to residential T1

At the very beginning, it must be said that there is no difference between a business T1 line and a residential T1. Thus, with a residential T1 also, you are going to get benefits and aspects such as the following:

  • speed of 1.5 megabits per second
  • almost universal availability of this connection
  • dedicated Internet access and
  • slightly higher than normal pricing.

When one uses the term of ‘higher than normal’ pricing it is only in comparison because with all the benefits that a domestic T1 line offers, it also is going to be more costly when compared to technologies such as DSL. However, homeowners who prefer to go in for a T1 are doing so because it offers great value for money in terms of robustness and data transmission capabilities.


Depending on your location and the availability of service providers around the same, the installation of a residential T1 can take anywhere between a day to 3 weeks. It all depends on the availability of facilities in and around your location.

Guaranteed speeds

Most service providers of T1 lines also give you a guarantee of data transmission speeds. This can mean 1.5 megabits per second for both uploads and downloads or upstream and downstream data when it comes to a residential T1. This kind of guarantee can mean a lot when a home owner is doing some sort of business from his residence.


A residential T1 line carries 24 digitized voice channels or 1.5 megabits per second. You can use different combinations of voice and data services, depending entirely on your need. This is quite important because if you are going in for a T1 line for your home, you most probably are conducting some kind of business from it and will need the dedicated circuitry and reliability and flexibility of T1 connections.


Finally, there is no getting away from the fact that a residential T1 line can prove to be more costly than cable or DSL. Costs can even begin from $200 every month, depending again on your location and the service provider. Most people who opt for T1 for their homes are doing things such as online writing, home-based professional consultancy or running small businesses from their homes. Thus, going in for T1 for your home is definitely a good idea because of its many benefits and advantages. But, it surely must justify the costs that you will be shelling out on such Internet access technology."

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