Retail and Restaurant Point
of Sale Systems Bandwidth
How T1 lines improve the performance
of POS systems for greater business profits.
By: John Shepler
Retail and restaurant point of sales systems
capabilities have grown exponentially since the days of mechanical
cash registers and cash boxes. Even the electronic cash register
has often been a self-contained system until recently. Now systems
are integrated to support inventory control and accounting. They
are also networked, both within the organization and to the home
office, credit card companies, suppliers and partners. Communications
is critical and low cost bandwidth is the key to electronic communications.
The simplest application of an electronic
data exchange is a credit card transaction using a terminal that
creates a dial-up data connection over a phone line. Phone lines
can also be used to download daily sales results to the home
office. On the small scale level, a dedicated or shared voice
line is about as cheap as you can get.
But what if you have a lot of data to transfer, many simultaneous
credit card transactions, or want to stay constantly in touch
with multiple sites. For that you need dedicated bandwidth. In
other words, a reliable always-on digital connection. This can
be a private point to point line, a secure Frame Relay connection
or a VPN or Virtual Private Network running on the Internet.
The low end of dedicated lines is the business
DSL line. This is a broadband Internet connection that uses a
regular copper phone line. By definition, the Internet is a shared
resource. To protect your data, you'll need to be running encryption
software which creates a virtual private network. In other words,
your data is secure even though the network is shared. The big
advantage of using the Internet instead of other solutions is
that you have access to a worldwide network that can connect
just about anybody to anybody else. It's already in place and
the cost is amortized over millions of users, so your access
cost is pretty low. Sometimes under $100 a month.
High Reliability Bandwidth Solutions
The weaknesses of DSL have always been availability at particular
locations and reliability of service. DSL is a technology that
uses telephone circuits that were never designed for high speed
digital use. Consequently, it is a short range service. You may
find that the store across the street can get DSL but your location
can't. The other issue is that DSL, even business grade DSL,
doesn't generally come with a service guarantee. The carriers
make their best effort to keep it operational, but outages can
and do occur.
If it is absolutely vital that your broadband
connection be available all the time and get top priority if
there ever is an outage, then what you want is T1 line service.
T1 was originally designed by the telephone industry for its
own use. T1 connections can be installed most anywhere you can
run phone lines and come with a service level agreement. A T1
line is highly reliable and can be configured as a private point
to point line or a dedicated Internet connection. Multiple T1
lines can be bonded together to give you 2 to 6 times the capacity
as your business grows.
Another option is Carrier Ethernet available over both copper and fiber. Bandwidths range from 2 or 3 Mbps on the low end up to 10 Gbps and beyond. Pricing is even more attractive than T1 and bonded T1 lines.
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