obscure_word (obscure_word) wrote,

How to Run Two DSL internet connections simultaneously

We had our dsl services from Maxcom for which we were paying Rupees 7500 for a dedicated 1mb line. So i thought about purchasing another dsl connection on second phone line as i was not completely satisfied with the speed i was getting, so i bought a linkdotnet dsl line for our company after getting assurance that they have improved their quality ( see my last post about linkdotnet to get the earlier story ). After all the cost was 1400 rupess only for 2mb shared connection , but the speed i got was double that of maxcom, so far so good.

But keeping in view my previous experience was linkdotnet i though about degrading my maxcom connection and thought of using it as well by making dual connections instead of one so i can have some redundancy as well.

So i started doing some research and finally from AUnet got a linksys cisco 4 port vpn router with dual wan connection and VPN capabilities through which you can either share a dual internet connection via load balancing or make your second dsl line as backup line so in case one of them is down the router will shift the load to second connection. Please note that with this solution your overall bandwidth will increase but this will not increase your connection speed. As a result i was able to download a file last time at around 320kb/s by paying Rs.3500 combine for two shared connections then getting a download speed of 100k/s earlier by paying a hefty some of Rs.7500, so a saving of more then half with more then double bandwidth along with redundancy benefit of having two ISP's. This is ideal solution for small companies like mine . This solution involve only one time cost but you can cover that cost within few months.

I will also make a more detailed blog entry by explaining how to set this up, because its a bit tricky if you don't know how to configure your connections and router. I will also add some pictures as soon as i get some time.
Tags: cisco, dsl router, dual wan connection, linksys, load balancing

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