Synchronous versus asynchronous internet connections
Synchronous versus asynchronous internet connections

If you run an internet speed test, you may notice that your upload and download speeds don’t match. This is due to the type of internet connection configuration that you are using. Not all packages are the same since not all offerings from the fibre network operator (FNO) are equal. FNOs usually offer two types of configuration – synchronous and asynchronous connections.

These two configurations affect the upload and download capabilities of your internet. Essentially, synchronous connections offer the same upload and download speeds whereas asynchronous connections offer faster download speeds than upload speeds. So how do you know which configuration you have?

Usually, a dedicated fibre line will be synchronous. Shared connections, either through shared fibre, ADSL or WiFi, tend to be asynchronous. This largely depends on the FNO in your area, but WonderNet is able to provide dedicated fibre connections to homes and offices through SEACOM’s countrywide network.

More differences between synchronous and asynchronous connections

Synchronous connectivity comes with guaranteed bandwidth services that are easy to manage and consistent in their speeds. If you pay for a 500Mbps connection, you will get 500Mbps upload and download speeds across your entire home or office network. Since asynchronous connections have faster download speeds, the same package may offer 500Mbps download speeds but only 250Mbps upload speeds.

Asynchronous configurations do have their advantages, especially for home internet where users usually stream movies and music or download files. If you don’t really need to upload data through the internet, then this type of configuration won’t affect your user experience and can be cheaper. It is important to note that upload speeds over an asynchronous connection will be affected by other users on the network (as it is offered over shared connections).

Synchronous connections are better for businesses

Data is key to growing a business; the more data you can send and receive at once, the more efficient your business will be. If the transfer of data is vital to your company, then a synchronous connection is the best option as you will need to send and receive emails, projects, large files and information at the same time.

In addition, synchronous connections have fewer delays and are more suited to businesses that use voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services, video conferencing and cloud-based applications. Delays and network latency can be detrimental to your business and its daily functioning as it directly impacts employee productivity and customer satisfaction.

These two configurations have advantages and disadvantages. Your internet service provider will try to create packages based on your needs and requirements, so they should offer synchronous services to businesses and asynchronous configurations to homes. If you notice a disparity between your upload speed and download speed, this may explain why. For more information about our fibre offerings or to get a quote for an internet upgrade, please contact us today or check if we’re connected to your address.

WonderNet brings affordable broadband internet to South African homes. We work alongside leading fibre network providers to maximise our reach and to offer fast, reliable and secure internet connectivity to your home. We are owned by SEACOM; one of Africa’s top information and communications technology (ICT) companies with an expansive network of subsea cables, landlines and fibre connections. WonderNet strives to offer the best customer service in the country. We will go above and beyond to ensure that our customers are satisfied with their internet access.

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