Maybe this is the wrong forum, but I really don’t have a clue what I need at this point. The more I read, the more confused I am. What I want to do (I think):
Bond 2+ LTE WANs from different carriers (AT&T and US Cellular at the moment)
My AT&T LTE service provides an average 30/8 Mbps down/up through a Netgear Nighthawk M1. The US Cellular service provides around 3-9/5 Mbps down/up through a D-Link DWR-961. My only other ISP option is AT&T 6/0.5 Mbps down/up DSL (which I also have).
I need a service that supports Cisco AnyConnect VPN and Citrix for my wife’s work from home job. It has to be rock solid, and the speed needs to be around 20/10. At first glance, bonding with SpeedFusion would seem to be my best bet, but after reading the forums for the past 2 days, I’m not so sure. Regardless, I can’t even figure out what I would even need in terms of equipment or licenses. I could really use some advice.
I would use FusionHub in the cloud as one endpoint.
With the connections you have available I don’t know that it will be easy to get to 20/10 for you, but please report back with what you do and how it works out as I’m curious to hear more.
My peplink equipment provider 5GStore (who is great!) notes that bonding multiple cellular connections may not result in faster speeds due to “flow control” of TCP traffic at the carrier level". It does result in an unbreakable connection though.
I’ve only been using speedfusion for a half year now, and I really like it. But it seems like when you combine a fast connection with a slower connection, you tend to end up with performance somewhere between rather than having it be additive. My experience is very limited to only a few connections though, so I look forward to see what you come up with and how it works.
It has worked very well and consistently for me bonding two DSL connections.
If you had one DSL connection that was enough for baseline activity that was very consistent, you can overflow to one LTE connection instead of the normal bonding mode which is an interesting option to give the very low consistent latency of the DSL and then overflow to LTE when you have to upload or download something with more bandwdith. However that approach requires the DSL to be fast enough for “baseline” work and very consistent, IMO. Your DSL option is so slow, I’m not sure that is something to do at this point. I don’t think it will add anything in normal bonding mode though with the LTE.
I wonder if the 30/8 will slump during different times of the year (holidays, etc.) or times of the day? Is this a postpaid plan, business plan, or an unlimited plan you will be using?
I suspect bonding those two LTE connections will yield a slower result, but I’ve never used US Cellular so I’d be very curious if there are some LTE plans that work better than others for bonding.
Please report back and let us know what works for you. I’d be very curious how it works out for you.
The peplink gear gives a lot of options and is highly recommended, even if your task is a difficult one.
P.S. and please don’t let my reply scare you. I’m sure your peplink partner can help you much better.
But I wanted to reply as I’m thinking about something similar working with trying to add bandwidth to a verizon lte connection, but using the verizon lte connection alone right now as the fastest option with a wisp option as a standby link.
I’ll be very curoius what you come up with and how it works for you. So far this year without the peplink gear, I wouldn’t have been able to work here.