I have a new Balance 20 that doesn’t yet have the latest firmware preinstalled; as well as a Balance 210 due to be received shortly. Should I configure everything to the latest firmware before attempting putting them in an existing network…or does it really matter if there is a mix of firmware versions of Peplink Balance units within the networks to be connected. (currently new Peplinks running 5.3.9 or a little later version 5)
Please feel free to comment on the present setup and an addition of a Peplink Balance 210 router to the present networks. The anticipated improvements are Speedfusion; load balancing and failover in event of loss of one ADSL ISP line input.
Currently the networks are basically as follows:
one ISP modem at “Headquarters” (10M down and 800k upload) connected to a Linksys wrt54G (running dd-wrt) serving as DHCP router at say 192.168.200.1 gateway and a combination of wireless Motorola Canopy AP connected to router LAN port1 and a 4 watt Mesh wireless radio AP on LAN port2 of the router serving a dozen plus nodes over an 8 mile radius…and it works beyond belief.
as well as a second ISP modem at Head quaters connected to an identical second Linksys WRT54G (running dd-wrt) serving as a DHCP router at say 192.168.201.1 gateway and a similar sort of setup for the wireless service out of it LAN ports.
Now the upgrade plan is to use the Speedfusion feature of the 210 and bond the two ADSL lines (and get a 15 Meg download pipe and maybe about 1.3 M upload to improve mainly the VOIP telephone service that suffers on the current 5M/500k ISP line.
Please confirm these questions etc.
Can/should a person leave the Linksys routers in the circuit as DHCP disabled "switches"; and configure the wireless mesh nodes (Line of Sight; about a mile and a half apart) to a common Peplink 210 IP range. (say 192.168.200.xxx); and of course use the Balance 210 for DHCP server,DNS etc....... OR .......how would/should a person leave at least one trusty Linksys 54G in the system and would it's position be ISP modem--> Balance210-->Linksys router--> LAN's..........as I could do with an addition LAN port or two Will Speedfusion work throughout the connected "wireless LAN" network of the mesh network over dozens of sqaure miles that are now served by present setup.
Please comment on how any VLAN’s and VPN’s should be setup.
How could the Balance 20 (which I was sorry to see doesn’t have “Site to Site” or Speedfusion capabilities be possibly ultilized in some future expansion plan of the mesh network (beyond the current 8 mile radius).
I’ve both received and given “free” advice in this lifetime and would deeply appreciate any attempt at help on what has turned out to be a working system that could benefit greatly from some bandwidth oomph. Thanks.