Best Effort

AlignTec provides residential internet service on a best-effort basis. We do understand how frustrating internet service issues can be in this day and age when much of our daily lives are so deeply intertwined with the web, which is why it is so important to understand the nature of the service you subscribe to. Residential or consumer-grade internet service is offered by most ISPs (internet service providers) on a "best-effort" basis. To learn more about this industry standard you might find the following links informative:

https://www.techconnectivity.com/5-differences-between-dedicated-and-best-effort-internet-services

http://www.stephouse.net/2015/07/difference-between-best-effort-and-dedicated

One significant difference between residential/consumer and business/enterprise connections is what is called an SLA (service level agreement). These types of agreements provide service level guarantees and provisions for reparations if an agreed service level is not met. Notwithstanding, SLAs also come with a hefty price tag. In addition, the burden of proof typically falls to the client (usually a network administrator) once the ISP has verified connectivity.

Redundancy is another difference. Many folks are working from home these days and we sometimes get asked whether we can guarantee uptime and speed… our answer is always no. While we work very hard at offering a reliable, stable service, we will tell individuals who must rely on a constant internet connection to secure a secondary connection with a different ISP with a fail-over device so that if one connection goes down the service will continue over the secondary internet connection.

  • 0 Users Found This Useful
Was this answer helpful?

Related Articles

Weather

We are often asked if weather affects our wireless service. The answer to that question is...

Technical Support

Please note that system-wide outages are announced on the office voicemail system. If no...

Speed Test

Begin by preparing your computer to perform the speed test: Most of our customers use a wireless...

Service Setup Wiring Configuration

CONNECTING YOUR INTERNET SERVICE INSIDE THE HOME Confirm the following:  The power cord for...