What can broadband do for you?
Reducing time wasted commuting
Does everyone really need to drive to the office every day? – All at
more or less the same time morning and evening, day in day out?
By modifying your commuting behaviour (eg working two days a week at
home and travelling to the office at off-peak times on the other three days)
one could save one's commute time by perhaps 70% or more, and at the same
time contributing to a general reduction in road traffic, CO2 and other
With a home PC and a broadband connection you can be at home and at the
office at the same time!
Using free software such as Microsoft NetMeeting and a €75
webcam, you can interact with, see and be seen by your work colleagues –
whether they are in the office or at home like yourself. At the touch of a
Avoid the traffic rush in the morning. Answer your e-mails, and finish
that report or proposal free of office interruptions.
Travel outside peak travel periods when you do visit the office.
NetMeeting - you can communicate with anyone, anywhere, using your PC. With
audio conferencing, you can call other PC users and hold conversations over
communicate with several people at once. Share computer files with a number
of people at the same time, using NetMeeting's built-in data-conferencing
You can combine
data conferencing with real-time audio and video. You can share applications
on your computers, exchange pictures, draw diagrams on an electronic
whiteboard, and communicate with text-based chat.
If you use
Windows 2000 or XP, NetMeeting software is probably already available on
your computer. For more
information on NetMeeting....
Skype provides high quality free VoIP
phone calls between Skype users using either the PC sound system or a USB
compatible Skype handset which can be ordered online from their website.
Conferencing is also possible. Sound quality is excellent over a
broadband connection. Requires Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
All transmissions are encrypted using the AES encryption standard.
The software download is free and there is no intrusive advertising.
Commtech network security appliance
supplier in Ireland
work for your business
NortelNetworks Meridian Home Office II brochure (.pdf)
"Security risks in
Introduction to eircom i-Stream DSL
Extend your office telephone network to your home office over the same
broadband connection using a VoIP connection.
receive calls as if you were at work from the comfort of your home using the
same extension numbers, direct dialling inwards and voicemail features.
Transfer calls to colleagues across the office telephone network or to their
homes. Use IP telephony to save on call charges - particularly on
international calls. Your outbound caller ID will display the
appropriate work phone number, rather than your private number when you make
business calls from your home workstation.
You will need an IP Telephone to work over
your broadband connection to the office. Two types are available - IP
softphones and IP hardphones. The softphone is a software
program that runs on your PC using your PC's soundcard and a headset with a
microphone to provide telephone functionality. The IP hardphone
is like a regular office telephone that is plugged into your network
connection rather than your eircom RJ11 socket.
calls are free!
IP phone calls are essentially free as long as they remain on the IP network
(eg IP phone calls between your home and office system and calls to other IP
phone equipped colleagues in their broadband connected homes.
Benefits of IP phone networking
Home based phone users can take
advantage of office-based phone system features
Branch offices and remote employees are fully integrated, helping to
improve the incoming caller's experience
Customers use one main contact number for your entire organization
One voice mail system serves all users, whether they are at their
home desk or office desk
Reduces / eliminates the cost of deploying applications to remote
Eliminates the expense of acquiring and maintaining separate
telephone systems in remote offices
For more information on IP telephony (VoIP)
visit the following links:
Review of five
gateways incorporating VoIP and conventional internet appliance
Ericsson DRG connects phones,
faxes and other devices to broadband services
ADTech (manufacturers of a smart card secure IP hardphone)
Networks VoIP product information
Nortel Succession Enterprise
3Com NPX Network Telephony
Systems and Solutions
Interfusion (Dublin based IP
paper downloads on VoIP)
Cisco VG200 IP Telephony voice gateway - Other
voice IP products
PCX 4400 IP
Downloads (.pdf format)
Siemens White Paper "Support
of Standard IP Communications Protocols"
OptiClient 360 brochure
OptiClient 330 brochure
Nortel Networks Whitepaper "A
VOIP over wireless (Ericsson Review)
100 Phone Gateway for small to medium enterprizes
Log on to your office
computer network from home using an easily setup VPN connection over your
Exchange e-mail, presentations, faxes, spreadsheets and
documents securely using VPN
For more information on VPN visit:
Commtech VPN appliance supplier in
i386.com - step by
step instructions on VPN setup for Windows
Microsoft Windows 2000 VPN information (Windows
Microsoft Security Links
VPN / Windows 2000 (download
Sonic Wall (Internet security
RedHat Linux 8 VPN documentation
Interfusion (Dublin based VPN solution provider)
Cisco VPN Guide
VPN Guide (.pdf)
setting up VPNs, IPsec, etc.
In the home
broadband do for me in my personal life?
Download music, play games,
watch video clips even entire movies – broadband makes them all possible at
speeds you may have dreamt of. You don't pay by the minute to watch
television or listen to the radio. Why should you pay by the minute
while online? With a broadband connection, you pay a fixed
monthly charge, irrespective of the time spent online*.
Use Telemedicine to consult
with your GP and allow him to monitor your progress from the comfort of your
home – reducing the risk of spreading infection and get your prescription
medication delivered to your door from an ePharmacy.
Software and service pack
downloads are getting larger and larger with file sizes in excess of
Mbytes not uncommon.
Keep up to the minute on news,
travel arrangements, e-mails, your investments, your bank account, weather,
public transport and traffic alerts thanks to the fact that broadband is
always on. When somebody sends you an e-mail you will receive it almost
Give your family the advantage
of telelearning via broadband. Courses available online cover everything
from home cooking to MBA business degrees from top universities.
Microsoft Windows Media
Broadband Directory (Google)
NTLWorld Broadband music
Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland
European Federation of Medical Informatics
Telemedicine Directory (Google)
Distance Learning Directory (Google)
certain eircom DSL tariffs have traffic caps which limit one's data download
to for example 3 Gb per month.
For small business
Many people are reluctant to use the
internet as a means of communication (eg e-mail) or placing an order online
if they think the recipient systems aren't "always online".
People might be equally reluctant to send urgent faxes to trading partners
if they felt that the recipient only periodically checked their fax machine.
With a DSL connection
orders and e-mails are received within a second or so of being sent - even
if your customer or correspondent is on the other side of the world. Take
a sandwich bar as an example. Customers of Freshgo can use this simple
order form to pre-order their lunch from their office desk. It
takes less than a minute to fill out the form.
This greatly speeds up service for the
customer because the work producing the sandwiches can be done over the
entire morning (rather than having to be crammed into the lunchtime period).
This leads to reduced staffing costs and faster customer service.
Customers who have pre-ordered can go to a special counter to pick up and
pay for their order without having to queue with everybody else who just
arrives "off the street".
Similar principles apply to most small businesses who
can use broadband internet connectivity to increase their operational
efficiency and provide a better service to the customer.
Commerce and Electronic Markets
Advancing with eBusiness - case studies
How broadband buoys small business in a down economy in the USA