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Thread: Stumped on Bonding / Teaming. Please Help

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    Stumped on Bonding / Teaming. Please Help

    I am trying to figure out the best way to merge two T1’s into one wan connection. I have a Cisco 1841 with dual T1 Wics but this is expensive and a pain to configure. I was thinking about using my ISP’s t1 routers and hooking in the linksys box that has dual Wans?.? I am also wondering if I can achieve the same thing using a server with a dual port Intel nic (as the wan) and a second nic for the lan. What do you think?

    Also, does anyone know if there is any way to actually BOND two broadband connections with out buying a 10K “fatpipe” device?


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    Personally I'd take the dual WAN router approach. However...with T-1' have to make sure the edge equipment that your T-1 ISP uses...has ethernet out, instead of you're sort of at their mercy here.

    For true "bonding" need to also have your ISP support that multi-link, else, you're devices can really only load balance/failover.
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    Thanks for the reply. That is the way I was leaning as well. I know all our t1's have Ethernet out. This is how we are using them now. The problem is that we are overloading a couple of them and need to add more bandwidth. I guess this should solve it......Just for my knowledge, why wouldn't you try it using a PC with 2 wan nics and 1 lan nic?

    I'm getting ready to post another thread on Gateway devices, or network controllers. I have experience using Valuepoint (not always stable) and Nomadix controllers (to expensive). I am considering using a server instead....the only question is which IOS...what software.....proxy...etc. Any advice would be appreciated.

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