In order to take advantage of our fastest speeds, there are certain infrastructure requirements that you may need to check.
Modem: Are you using a DOCSIS 3 modem? To reach speeds over 100 Mbps, you will need to use a D3 modem.
Router: If you are using your own router, is the equipment you own capable of reaching max speeds? Confirm that your equipment is rated to handle speeds greater than 100 Mbps.
Wiring: Is your wiring (Ethernet cabling) Cat5E or Cat6E? Standard Cat5 Ethernet cable may hinder your ability to go over 100 Mbps. By installing Cat5E or Cat6E, you can ensure you’re receiving the fastest speed.
Devices: Are the devices that are you using to connect to the data service capable of reaching 500 Mbps or greater speeds? Check to see if your computers or wireless devices are gigabit capable or equipped with gigabit Ethernet adapters.
Firewall: Is your firewall limited in terms of the traffic it can accommodate? If your IT personnel installed a firewall, they can tell you if there are any limitations on the amount of traffic that can be routed to the internet.
If you have any questions about whether or not you can support our fastest speeds, be sure to check with your IT personnel or give us a call at 877.570.0500 to consult one of our knowledgeable representatives.
Below are Sparklight’s peering policies and requirements for new or existing Sparklight customers.
Customers must have or purchase a router capable of handling the desired connection.
Default only should be a router capable of BGP version 4.
Default and Partial should be capable for accepting at least 50,000 routes as well as BGP version 4.
Default and Full routes should be capable of accepting at least two copies of the full internet IPv4 table as well as two copies of the full IPv6 internet table and BGP version 4.
Customers must use an Autonomous System (AS) number assigned by a regional registrar such as American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) that is registered to their organization.
All customer route announcements must be registered with one of the regional Internet Routing Registries (IRRs), and a route object must exist for each route prefix.
Customers can specify one of the following received-prefixes options:
Partial routes + default-route
Full routes + default-route
Sparklight customers are required to configure their own equipment, including but not limited to BGP, import and export policies as any sanity checks.
Sparklight requires the use of authentication (MD5) for all customer eBGP peering sessions.
Customer are required to filter any routes such as private or public routes not owned and registered.
Sparklight will not advertise any prefixes longer the /24 to any peers, and customers should aggregate any longer prefixes up to at least a /24. These aggregates should be visible to any other upstream peering to Sparklight, or any other provider as the same size to ensure proper route selection.
At this time, Sparklight does not offer any form of traffic engineering to the customer outside of standard AS prepending to be performed by the customer. Sparklight will not modify the current policies until such time as traffic engineering policies can be made available to all Sparklight customers.
Q: I just read that both houses of Congress have recently voted to reverse the FCC’s recent broadband privacy order. Does this mean you’ll be selling your customers’ private information now?
Sparklight has not changed either its privacy practices or policies, and has no intention of doing so. The protection of customer privacy and personal information is very important to us. Sparklight does not sell our customers’ personal information or sell customers’ online browsing information.
A Sparklight Business speed test can be performed using our numerous local Ookla speed test servers by visiting https://business.sparklight.com/speedtest. Powered by the Ookla’s SpeedTest.net Netguage platform, all Sparklight Business Ookla servers are run on 10 Gbps fiber circuits on our fiber-rich Internet backbone.
If your bill statement doesn’t state the upload and download stream for your rate plan, please contact Technical Support for more information. We are working to update all customer billing statements to include their purchased speeds. For a list of current rate plans and speeds available in your zip code, please visit the Business Internet page.
There are no data caps for Sparklight Business Internet. However, the Sparklight network is designed for typical usage by a typical business user. Computer activity resulting in excessive or sustained bandwidth consumption may burden the network and such usage may be restricted. Please see our Acceptable Use Policy at https://business.sparklight.com/legal/acceptable-use for more information.
Dynamic IPs are subject to change for a number of reasons. This type of IP address is pulled out of a pool of available addresses within the Sparklight Business system. Static IPs are available in 1, 5 and 13 block configurations. A compatible Gateway is required for static IP addresses. The customer's Static IP is always the same, which is a necessity when you are running a web server, mail server or any piece of equipment that needs to have the same IP address every time you access it.
If you need to power cycle your modem as part of your internet connection troubleshooting, follow the steps below. NOTE: If you have Business Phone service from Sparklight Business, do not unplug the modem powering your phone service -- Call Technical Care Center for assistance at 877.570.0500.
Unplug your modem from the power by pulling the power cord from the back of the modem.
If you have a router, unplug the power from the back of your router. Leave it unplugged for now.
Wait 15 seconds.
Plug the power back into your modem.
Wait 15 seconds.
Plug the power back into your router, if you have one.
Wait 15 seconds.
Pull up or refresh your browser window to test your internet connection.
If you are still unable to pull up webpages, restart your computer and try again.
If these steps do not work to restore your services, please call us at 877.570.0500.