First of all, what is a symmetrical and asymmetrical connection?
A symmetrical connection is just as it sounds; a connection with equal download/upload speeds. An example of this is a 500/500 Mbps fibre internet connection, which means you get 500 Mbps download AND upload speeds.
An asymmetrical connection, on the other hand, does NOT have equal download/upload speeds (c’est quoi!). For example, 60/3 means 60 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speed. Asymmetrical speeds are usually found in traditional internet connections, like ADSL.
Pros of a Symmetrical Connection
No internet bottleneck. Noticing slow uploads and dropped calls that may be caused by an internet bottleneck? A symmetrical connection ensures your upload speeds aren’t strained.
Faster (and larger) file uploads. We know the feeling. Uploading files to Dropbox feels like ages, so you put it off as long as possible. With a symmetrical connection, your upload speeds are just as fast as download speeds, so you can finally cross backing up those old vacation photos off the To Do list.
Accessible cloud services. What good is a cloud you can’t reach? A cloud depends on high upload speeds, so with a symmetrical connection you’re guaranteed the accessibility you need.
Pros of an Asymmetrical Connection
Price. Asymmetrical connections are almost always less expensive.
Fast download speeds. Although uploading will take time, an asymmetrical connection still performs in downloading speeds.
Bottom Line: What’s best for my business?
Both connections have their benefits. What works best for your business, however, depends on how you use the internet.
A small business with only a handful of employees who mainly web surf (Facebook included) may find an asymmetrical connection fulfills their needs.
A medium to large company that is highly collaborative and uses cloud services (like Google Drive, Office 365, and real-time inventory software) may find a symmetrical connection gets the most out of productivity.
What is an internet bottleneck?
An internet bottleneck is a strain in the connection due to the limited bandwidth being used up by heavy traffic. This may cause slow file transfers and dropped calls. What does that mean for your business? Decreased productivity for you and your employees.