Consumer-grade dual-homed connectivity options?

Dorn Hetzel dhetzel at
Wed Dec 30 13:08:18 CST 2009

On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 2:03 PM, Jared Mauch <jared at> wrote:

> On Dec 30, 2009, at 10:49 AM, Paul Bennett wrote:
> > 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?
> Back at the Toronto NANOG I bumped into someone who had an interesting
> solution to the multihoming problem.
> What they had was a machine that would key/sequence the packets and send
> them out each connection (so if they had 2, it would send a copy out each).
> Whichever got there first, was decapsulated and forwarded on.  Any
> duplicates/late packets were dropped.  This meant that they would always
> have the speed of the fastest link for either up or down.
> They also had a method to load-share to bond the two (or more) links
> together.
> It was some custom solution they built, but something I would like to see a
> link to or open-sourced.
I guess that method presume some cooperating box out there on the net
somewhere to coordinate the far end?

> - Jared

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