Consumer-grade dual-homed connectivity options?

Brandon Galbraith brandon.galbraith at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 10:53:11 CST 2009


On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:46 AM, Ken Chase <math at sizone.org> wrote:

> 2x DSL not so backhoe-resistant.
>
> I like mixing cable with dsl. Tasty disparate paths (modulo garden shears
> applied to the single ingres point to your basement) if not technologies,
> orgs
> and methodologies. Or radio + dsl, or pigeon + mule, take your pick.
>

*snip*

I'm using cable and wimax in the Chicago suburbs with a dual-wan router.
Works well, would recommend to others, and so forth.



> /kc
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 11:12:59AM -0500, Tim Sanderson's said:
>  >Do you control or have access to the provider side-the PPPoE server-and
> would both PPPoE connections hit the same PPPoE server at the provider? If
> so, I recommend setting up a PPP multilink with both DSL lines. The DSL
> provider would have to support that capability. I also recommend something
> like a Cisco 2691 router with two WIC-1ADSL cards. I have used this hardware
> for a 2xDSL multilink to my own home and it worked well.
>  >
>  >--
>  >Tim
>  >
>  >
>  >-----Original Message-----
>  >From: Paul Bennett [mailto:paul.w.bennett at gmail.com]
>  >Sent: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 10:50 AM
>  >To: nanog at nanog.org
>  >Subject: Consumer-grade dual-homed connectivity options?
>  >
>  >Not sure whether this is an appropriate place to post this, but I thought
>  >I'd give it a shot, since you're all knowledgeable folks with regard to
>  >networking things...
>  >
>  >At home, I currently run two DSL lines. Right now, we just have two
>  >separate LANs, one connected to each line, with my wife's devices
> attached
>  >to one, and my devices attached to the other. For a while now, I've been
>  >thinking about setting up a load-balancing routing solution to give both
>  >of us access to both lines.
>  >
>  >I have the opportunity to acquire a refurbed Cisco Catalyst 2960 at a
>  >ridiculously low price. I also have access to a (nominally) spare
>  >quad-core 64-bit PC with 8GB of RAM. I say "nominally" because I'm
>  >thinking about setting it up as a media center / gaming rig connected to
>  >the TV in the den. That's largely beside the point, but it bears pointing
>  >out that keeping the PC available for my other needs would be a good
> thing.
>  >
>  >So.
>  >
>  >Is it going to be a more-effective solution to drop a few bucks on the
>  >2960 and go through the hassle of learning how to set it up (and then
>  >setting it up), or would I be better off putting a secured Linux distro
>  >(e.g. gentoo-hardened, or something) on the semi-spare PC and running the
>  >load-balancing via iproute2 and friends?
>  >
>  >Either way, I'm looking at a learning curve, and a good amount of time
>  >fannying around getting the damn thing working -- there's a good chance
>  >I'd spend almost as much cash on the PC-based solution getting
>  >good-quality network cards, and maybe fast HDD tech (though it seems like
>  >RAM and cores would be more important than disk IO).
>  >
>  >What are your opinions?
>  >
>  >
>  >
>  >--
>  >Paul
>  >
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