Load balance/Aggregate ISP gigabit?

X-Gamer

Disciple
Hi,

I have two ISP connections (jio 50up/down | local fiber 150up/down). Currently I'm using a ethernet switcher (2 lan in 1 out to pc) to switch between these two connections if there is any issue on one of them. I am looking for a affordable (sub 3k) switch that offers load balancing or aggregation, any recommendations?
 

vishalrao

Global Moral Police
Skilled
I use TPLink ER605 but I got that from Amazon for nearly 7k. Available for less maybe under 6k if you can source it locally.

Pretty good device overall.

I don't know of any other device in 3k range.
 

X-Gamer

Disciple

vishalrao

Global Moral Police
Skilled
Not sure about the website but price 4k seems good, hopefully not too good to be true.

Overall experience has been very good, it appears to be stable, easy to configure.

I put my 2 ftth connection in load balancing mode (aggregator) and it automatically also acts like failover if one link goes down.

In fact I actually have Airtel 4g CPE device which I can put in backup mode if both the ftth connection fail.

Note that you will only get the benefits of aggregate if your app is using multiple connection to download like speedtest, fast.com or torrent but other apps or even operating system update use single connection and you can configure the tplink to give preference to your faster link.

Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll try to answer.
 

X-Gamer

Disciple
Not sure about the website but price 4k seems good, hopefully not too good to be true.

Overall experience has been very good, it appears to be stable, easy to configure.

I put my 2 ftth connection in load balancing mode (aggregator) and it automatically also acts like failover if one link goes down.

In fact I actually have Airtel 4g CPE device which I can put in backup mode if both the ftth connection fail.

Note that you will only get the benefits of aggregate if your app is using multiple connection to download like speedtest, fast.com or torrent but other apps or even operating system update use single connection and you can configure the tplink to give preference to your faster link.

Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll try to answer.
great, thanks!
I used to purchase from Moglix many years ago. Never had any problem. Not sure how it is now.
Thanks, will go ahead and order it!
 

gwrench2000

Disciple
ER605 is the best if you have the money and want a plug and play without much fiddling solution. Alternatively if you have more time and less money, you could do it with a cheap or used (prefer a gigabit unit) OpenWRT router using the MWAN pacakage https://openwrt.org/docs/guide-user/network/wan/multiwan/mwan3 . These mostly do fail-over and not true aggregation (bonding/MPTCP), as @vishalrao pointed out.
Note that you will only get the benefits of aggregate if your app is using multiple connection to download like speedtest, fast.com or torrent but other apps or even operating system update use single connection and you can configure the tplink to give preference to your faster link.
 

gwrench2000

Disciple
Is it possible to have true WAN aggregation ? I thought it was possible only on the LAN side.
Edit : There is this available although with all the hoops and jumps, I am not sure if its even worth it or cheap -
It is possible, if you have a cloud server. I guess that fact puts it out of reach of most home setups. https://www.youtube.com/c/OneMarcFifty/search?query=mtcp. In some remote areas, for offices, we need multiple connections, mostly for redundancy rather than outright speed. The ER605 is much simpler for such redundancy and simple load-balancing. Failover happens automatically and unattended. But MPTCP has many other possible applications like being able to use both the wifi and the 4G data on the phone at the same time. It's still a work-in-progress.
 
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ibose

Patron
It is possible, if you have a cloud server. I guess that fact puts it out of reach of most home setups. https://www.youtube.com/c/OneMarcFifty/search?query=mtcp. In some remote areas, for offices, we need multiple connections, mostly for redundancy rather than outright speed. https://www.youtube.com/c/OneMarcFifty/search?query=mtcp. The ER605 is much simpler for such redundancy and simple load-balancing. Failover happens automatically and unattended. But MPTCP has many other possible applications like being able to use both the wifi and the 4G data on the phone at the same time. It's still a work-in-progress.
Yes, just wanted to make sure that LB/FO and Link Aggregation are totally separate concepts and it is generally the former for WAN setups at home.
 
Link aggregation is wherein on Both A and B end you configure the device to consider two different interface to act logically as one and there are various different logic on how the traffic will use both those links.

Load balance is some thing where you program the device where you set some criteria/rule to put traffic on a particular link A or B.

Failover is something where you pre define traffic to flow to traverse through link A & B. if that fails or deteriorates than it would failover to B or A.When you merge load balance and failover concept than you get modern day Software Defined networks which uses DPI ,checks the policies / rules and utilize both the links at a time.if one link fails than all the traffic moves towards second link .

pfsense will also work wonders
 
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