Longer backstory, but question listed at the bottom if you want to skip.
We are in the process of buying house that is further out from the city we currently live in. Unfortunately, we’ve recently found out that the only internet provider in the area of the new house is CenturyLink DSL with 6mbps/500kbps service and our cell phone coverage is very spotty around the home. I’ve subscribed to CenturyLink to have 2x Lines Enabled, and will be receiving 2x DSL modems. I asked, but they no longer offer bonded channel offerings directly. Originally I was going to get a dual-wan router for the house and load balance, but I’d really like to set up a bonded network. As most of the SD-WAN offerings I could find required me to host my own SD-WAN in the cloud it seemed a very cost-prohibitive to setup. I’d need to set up a bonding router, and a host SD-WAN on AWS, and run the traffic that way. In my web searches, I ran across SpeedFusion Cloud and thought it would work great for me. The price of the Balance One was competitive and the “top up” packages for SpeedFusion Cloud seem reasonable. The part I just discovered that has thrown a wrench is the add-on software licensing to enable SpeedFusion bonding on the Balance One. It looks like that’s an additional $900 (https://store.peplink.com/software-add-ons/speedfusion-bonding/speedfusion-bonding-license-key-for-balance-one-balance-one-core.html). That almost triples my upfront cost.
If you are using the Balance One or Balance One Core with SpeedFusion Cloud and buying bandwidth top up packs, do you also need to buy the SpeedFusion Bonding License Key? Or is that only needed for running a connection between two of your own SpeedFusion routers?