When a line is quoted to you, IPknowledge categorizes a site’s connection to a particular provider’s line into three statuses: On-Net, Near-Net, and Off-Net.
A line that is On-Net is the easiest for a delivery. The internet line is already connected to the building, which means the only significant challenge will be installing the router in your desired location.
In contrast, a Near-Net line is close to the provider’s network, but not connected just yet. This means that the network may be available in the street next to your office, but it has not yet been connected to the office itself. In this case, some work will be expected: a connection will need to be made, after all. This work will need to be planned, often with several contractors, increasing the delivery time by several weeks. What is the straightforward option?
An Off-Net location, on the other hand, means that the provider’s network is not in close proximity to your site. This means that major work will be required to get the network to your chosen location, which often includes research, city permits, and digging operations. IPknowledge typically does not provide an Off-Net line, as these works can dramatically delay the delivery of an Internet Access line.
Furthermore, obtaining permits and dealing with the city can take a considerable amount of time. Consequently, when planning for an Internet Access line installation, it is essential for you to consider the On-Net, Near-Net, and Off-Net statuses. Considering this will give a better understanding of the time required to complete the project and ensure that delivery is as smooth and efficient as possible.
In summary, while an On-Net line is the most straightforward option for delivery, Near-Net and Off-Net lines can also be viable options.
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