Flat Tire on the Information Superhighway

When you want to go places, and I mean really go places, you think of everything you need for where you want to go. So, you pack up your stuff, head out on the superhighway, and promptly get derailed by a flat tire. Whether a flat tire is a nuisance or a catastrophe depends upon quick and ready backup, and if you have AAA or another road service, you are up and going in a jiffy.

To provide a quick remedy for simple but unlikely problems is why you have provisions for aspirin in your house, a doctor on call, a repairman at the ready, and a pizza in fifteen minutes. What you also often need is a spare internet connection in your pocket. Cell phones have this, so if you lose part or all of your wi-fi connection, it can easily default to cellular.

Surprisingly, although we generally provide safeguards for the unlikely inconveniences and catastrophes of life, this type of thinking often goes absent with private and public enterprises, which neglect simple products, services and practices which make their information systems secure, safe, and reliable. (Think about reliable backups and good virus protection) Sometimes an incidental safeguard becomes a critical one, as more and more services are moved to remote data centers, or the cloud. Put your phone system, data base, email, or productivity suite (e.g., MS 365) in the cloud, and if you have an internet outage, no matter how short, you might as well call it a day. A shame too, as a simple solution is to just have a failover line, either wireless or wired, to another internet provider who can pick up the slack in case your primary connection fails.

Duplicate hard-wired solutions can give you the bandwidth you need, but they are expensive for upkeep, and not cost effective if you need only a burst of bandwidth for a short period of time for normal outages, not the long-term use that a spare line is made for. It’s sort of like having not a spare tire but a spare car in your trunk, an overkill in many situations to say the least.

A better solution is to connect a small wireless router with a cellular sim card to your network, and when your IP network fails, it defaults to cellular until your main connection is up and running again. The cost in minimal, generally what you would pay a month for a regular cell phone connection, and the fail over backup can also provide regular internet service, particularly when low bandwidth needs for specific solutions (e.g. internet enabled time clocks, HVAC systems) make expensive land lines an impractical solution. Think about this next time your internet is down, and what you need is a proverbial spare tire, not a spare car.


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