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Old 04-17-2009, 07:49 AM   #1
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Internet load balance with 2 ADSL Connection

hi, I have two ADSL connections using the service speed of 8Mb/s download and 512kb/s upload.

Sometime we would require to stream an event to other countries (for members only) so they can join in the event.

The problems is that the last time we done it we could only accept 5 members to view the streaming.

Can we join these 2 connections when need need to stream the event to get more upload for them.



Modem (Speedtouch)-> switch -> 3pcs

ADSL Modem (Speedtouch TG585)-> 3 pcs

That is the current layout.

Can I convert that layout to something like this

ADSL1 <->
<-> Router or(Linux pc as router) <-> Switch <-> 6 pcs
ADSL2 <->

So when I what to stream uses that setup so I can support hopefully more than 5 members.

I need to know if it is possible and what software or/and OS best to use.

I have this available routers: Juniper SSG5 and Conceptronic c100brs4h
Old 04-17-2009, 09:20 AM   #2
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Ive setup load balancing with pfsense before. I used it between a cable and dsl connection. Please take note that you are not combining your bandwitdh. So you don't get 6M down you only get the speed of the link that your current connection happens to be going over.

That being said I stopped using the pfsense load balancing. I am not sure if I have some wonky hardware or if its my configuration or just something with my providers or the gateways I chose to ping to determine if a link was up but I had lots of dropped connections. One of the uplinks would drop off and I would have to power cycle the modem to get it back. Removing the load balancing and just using destination based routing to route specific traffic over each uplink made that intermittent link drop off disappear.

Also if you do decide to go down the load balance route take note you will probably need to setup rules for some specific sites to only use a single uplink. I had my connections sticking with ssl but I had a handful of sites that it still did not play nice with even when it was working. I think I had about 5 sites that I had specific rules for. If I recall correctly I think they were all banking related.
Old 04-18-2009, 02:59 AM   #3
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as I sad I need this load balancing so I can stream to 5 pc with one connection and 5 other pc from the second connections

->ADSL 1 -> 5 pcs
Streaming PC -> Router
->ADSL 2 -> 5 pcs

That is what I need it for

from one pc upload content to 10 pcs using two public ip address (and 2 internet connections)


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