Hello, my name is Pedro and I’m from Brazil.
I own a couple of MAX700 and a Balance 210. I consider my self a very “hardcore” Speedfusion user. I use it all the time to bond 3G connections and provide a good pipe for HD video streaming. I developed a backpack to stream live video to TV channels, it uses TCP connections, and Peplink is my chosen hardware to do 3G bonding. Among my clients are ESPN Brazil. This is a reel, showing a little better what my work is: http://youtu.be/aoPNjvEESUA
I’ve been using Peplink products and Speedfusion for over 8 months now, and I came across a lot of conclusions that could help the Peplink engineers to improve the system.
First of all, I want to make it clear that the system works very decently when fine tuned, but there’s a lack of features that would help a lot.
- Connection bonding is all about latency and stability. Since data is split in multiple channels, if one channel goes bad or unstable, all the rest is affected immediately. This is not exclusive to Speedfusion, previously I bought other bonding systems and came across the same “issue”. During my operations I must always keep an eye to the Speedfusion status, to see it any channel goes bad, I can spot a bad channel simply by looking at the Latency.
Let’s say if USB 1 to USB 3 are keeping a average latency of 100 or less, it’s all okay, but if one of the 3 USB modems goes bad, and latency grows over 700ms all the rest is affected, and my streaming simply stops or gets really choppy.
My workaround to this issue is a manual one, I keep an eye to the latency, if one goes bad I simply remove the bad USB from the hardware or I change it to a lower priority on Dashboard, this removes it from speedfusion bonding and everything goes well again.
**The solution I would suggest to improve the system would be a “flag” system, something that could detect a growing latency and flag or remove that particular USB modem from the bonding.
**- In Peplink advertisements it’s told that the product can bond EDGE, 3G, 4G, etc. But as a matter of fact, EDGE is just too slow for speedfusion. If I plug a USB modem that is connected to a EDGE network, among other 3G or 4G modems, I would be only compromising my Speedfusion tunnels.
So, again, I always have to keep an eye to see if any modem is operating under EDGE.
**I think it’s really important to have the option to force a particular USB modem to only 3G or only 4G, this way I would never have to worry again about a particular modem switching automatically to EDGE and killing my Speedfusion connection.
**Overall I do think it’s a great system and I’m happy with it, but somethings must be improved. Speedfusion is a great feature, and its a very important part of my work. I’m available to help Peplink engineers to make it better.