Internet connection bonding is a popular technique to enhance internet speed and receive better performance. It is beneficial for dealing with lag, buffering issues, and carrier outages. Apart from high download and upload speeds, multiple internet connections also minimize work interruptions due to delays caused by carrier network slowdowns and outages.
Most businesses rely on the internet to access cloud-based voice and data applications, so having reliable internet access for businesses is the most critical requirement.
Here are five effective ways to combine multiple internet connections in your organization.
SD-WAN is one of the most robust and cutting-edge solutions that cater to small, medium, and large business locations and data center sites. It enables a business to utilize multiple internet connections such as fiber optics, DSL, cable coax, fixed wireless, and LTE 4G/5G.
You can use two, three, or even four internet technologies, depending upon the level of uptime needed for a particular site and whether or not there are any budgetary constraints.
SD-WAN technology acts as an overlay spanning diverse communications infrastructure. It often resides in a SaaS application running on a public cloud. It can be centrally managed as control is decoupled from the hardware. A virtual private network (VPN) is typically set up across each WAN connection for security.
This protocol enables you to connect to two different ISP providers via a single router or two different routers. BGP is a path-vector routing protocol. Just as Routing Information Protocol (RIP) selects the best route based on the hop count of data packets, BGP selects the best path based on the shortest Autonomous System (AS) path.
BGP routing domains are identified by an autonomous system number (ASN). ASNs are regulated by the same entity that regulates IP addresses, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, better known as ARIN.
A load-balancing router is designed to combine different internet connections into a single large broadcast. A dual connection load-balancing device can be a good investment for small, medium, and large branch offices.
How to set up a load balancing router:
The bridge connection method is specifically meant for combining and establishing LAN and WAN connections. Windows computers come with inbuilt bridging connection features allowing users to enable internet connection bonding fairly easily. This method is useful for small offices.
Third-party software programs like Connectify allow users to convert their computers (wi-fi enabled) into an internet hotspot and also combine internet connections that are available on your PC. The latter is performed specifically by Connectify Dispatch. Such programs are easily downloadable and can be run from most computers that are Windows 8 or above.
Speedify is another internet connection bonding software that also helps keep your devices secure. The basic Speedify account is free of cost, allowing users to consume up to 5GB of data every month. Speedify is useful for very small office setups.
If your business opts for more robust solutions such as SD-WAN and the installation of two fiber optic connections with BGP, you will double your bandwidth and dramatically increase your reliability and redundancy.
For very small branch offices, combining your internet connections in some cases may not literally ‘double’ your network speed, but it will undoubtedly increase reliability and improve employee productivity. Efficiency gains will ultimately positively impact the bottom line.
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