10 February 2015
CH3 E-commerce Infrastructure: The Internet, Web, and Mobile Platform
Investigate the Internet of Things. Select one example and describe what it is and how it works.
Basic examples include, but are not limited to, heart monitoring implants biochip transponders on farm animals, built-in automobiles sensors, and remote controlled appliances. The IoT consists of things with “embedded computing devices within the existing Internet infrastructure”. One example, specifically, is a “Smart thermostat” that is responsible for home heating, and sometimes cooling. The interesting concept of this system is that it is connected to the Internet, allowing devices connected to the internet, such as mobile-devices, to control them remotely, aiding in lower energy consumption (possibly) when used correctly.
Call or visit the Web sites of a cable provider, DSL provider, and satellite provider to obtain information on their Internet services. Prepare a brief report summarizing the features, benefits, and costs of each. Which is the fastest? What, if any, are the downsides of selecting any of the three for Internet service (such as additional equipment purchases)?
I visited three different providers, Charter (Cable provider), CenturyLink (DSL provider), and WildBlue Exede (Satellite internet provider). For comparison I chose prices of just internet alone through each provider, no bundles. Charter Spectrum internet clocks in at $39.99/mo for download speeds up to 60 Mbps and upload speeds up to 4 Mbps; this package also includes a free modem. CenturyLink clocks in at a steep $39.95/mo for a measly 10 Mbps connection. Last but not least is WildBlue Exede, where they place their basic package at $49.99/mo for 12 Mbps download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds; there is also a catch, only Email & Web Pages have unlimited access while only 15 GB/mo is allowed for any other activity.
In conclusion, the provider that comes out on top is Charter, due to their extremely fast connection and very reasonable price considering, CenturyLink makes second because of their low speeds and high costs, and WildBlue Exede clocks in last due to the internet access limitations, relatively low connection speeds compared to Charter, and their price per month. As far as pros/cons, CenturyLink is practically all cons offering fractions of Charter’s speeds at basically the same price, while WildBlue doesn’t have much going for it besides customers that live outside the reach of wired internet, such as those that live far in the country or in remote areas.