What is backup Internet connection?

A backup internet connection is simply another internet connection in addition to the one you are using.


Continuity is a critical facet of businesses, as it refers to being in a constant state of flow. The internet is a significant influencer of this continuity, and numerous business processes are dependent on it as disruption of the internet would have an acute impact. Alternatively, internet disruption in households is also quite an inconvenience, albeit one that can be avoided. How is avoiding this inconvenience in internet disruption possible? Well, a backup internet connection is a straightforward solution to this dilemma.

A backup internet connection is simply another internet connection in addition to the one you are using. Of course, this other internet connection is not actually being utilised. This may seem impractical at first glance, however, it relates to the very core of most businesses, of which the internet is integral. In a short period of time, businesses have evolved with staple processes including web browsing, email, and managing websites and cloud based apps. A simple outage, even for a day can be detrimental to the productivity of your business. It can result in losses of revenue, reduce efficiency and hence productivity. This is where a backup internet connection comes in. 

In the event of a failure with your current internet connection, your backup internet connection will kick in. This ensures internet uptime is maintained. Examples of setups can be a fixed wireless connection as your primary internet connection that is beamed to your business’s location and a fiber connection line that runs to your business as your secondary internet connection that activates in the event of failure. Another illustration of a backup connection is having a fibre internet connection as your primary, and an ADSL connection as your secondary method of connection.

There are a vast amount of reasons for outages that can affect uptime, especially outages that affect a whole internet service provider, such as earthquakes, fires, storms and even construction. It is never too late to implement a backup internet connection to reduce your chances of being caught off guard by one of these disasters and introduce redundancy into your internet setup.

There are two important elements to remember in setting up a backup internet connection, which include: 

  • A secondary internet service provider. 
  • A router that has the correct configurations and is capable of handling two internet connections. 

The secondary internet service provider is of great importance. There is no point in having a backup internet connection, for instance an NBN connection and a second internet connection that is 4G, however both sources of internet are from the same provider. If that provider is having an issue then you can expect the second connection to become unavailing as you’ll likely still be experiencing issues. By diversifying your internet service providers you decrease the risk of your internet uptime being affected.

Internet today is relatively inexpensive compared to the past. Having a backup internet connection that you are not making practical and effective use of while it is idle can be seen as something one doesn’t want to have as an additional expense. However, weighing it against the cost of a halt to your internet connection for your business and what that may do to your productivity and potentially revenue even for a short while is worth the thought.