Ethernet Private Lines Details

Ethernet networks provide the speed, security, and reliability that businesses need to stay ahead of the competition. Most Ethernet networks use an Ethernet Private Line (EPL) connection, which leverages fast Metro e-technology. Here, we explore the inner workings of EPLs and the benefits they can provide for your enterprise.

What Is an Ethernet Private Line?

An EPL provides a business with a fast, secure, and reliable way to transmit data between multiple locations. From uploading large files to sending voice and video calls to using cloud services, EPL takes advantage of established Metro Ethernet networks to connect the main building to a remote office and streamline operations.

An Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) takes the concept a step further by connecting the main office to multiple off-site locations. Both EVPL and EPL services use a Metro Ethernet network cable to send and receive data. This point-to-point functionality allows businesses to communicate more efficiently and boost productivity.

How Fast is an Ethernet Private Line?

Ethernet Private Line speeds vary depending on the type of cable used. Coaxial cable (COAX) such as that used in Cable ONE Business EZ Ethernet allows for speeds between 3 Mbps and 10 Mbps, enough for most smaller scale business communications and providing substantial savings. The two more prominent cable types, twisted pair and fiber-optic, can support speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

What Are the Different Ethernet Cable Types?

Modern businesses generally use one of two types of Ethernet cables: twisted pair and fiber-optics.

Twisted Pair

Introduced in the 1990s, twisted pair started out as Cat3, supporting speeds of up to 10 Mbps. Advancements in design for the Cat5 and Cat5e cables allowed for 100 Mbps, and the subsequent Cat6 allowed for 10 Gbps. A typical twisted pair Ethernet cable consists of up to eight wires wrapped in pairs to facilitate smooth transmission of data and reduce electromagnetic interference.

Fiber Ethernet

A fiber-optic Ethernet cable transmits data using light pulses. Made of durable glass, these cables are ideal for high volume, long distance communication in a wide area network (WAN) setting. Ethernet over fiber can be delivered via single mode or multimode cable. Businesses typically use single mode fiber for longer distance transmissions that require high bandwidth. Multimode is generally used for shorter distance communication.

Cable ONE Business offers more speed, security, and uptime with Ethernet Private Line service. A nationwide leader in Metro Ethernet networks, Cable ONE Business fiber Ethernet provides the following features:

  • 24/7 uptime with 99.99 percent network availability
  • Speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps depending on the needs of each location
  • Out-of-market connectivity with Metro optical Ethernet
  • Scalable capacity in 1 Mbps increments - purchase only the amount you need
  • Round-the-clock network monitoring, service, and support

Accelerate Your Productivity with Cable ONE Business

If you have questions about your organization’s Ethernet network options, Cable ONE Business can help you navigate the complexities and necessary next steps.

Contact us to select an affordable, reliable Ethernet solution that will keep your business always connected and secure.