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Load Balancing, should I use it?

 
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dannieboiz
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:32 pm    Post subject: Load Balancing, should I use it? Reply with quote

I have a 30/12Mbps cable WAN as well as an unlimited LTE aircard which average around 15/9mbps on my MBR1400. I only have it as fail over at the moment. Would I benefit anything if I enable load balancing?

I use the connection to retrieve and host large files between a few different locations.
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evdovalerie
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Load balancing can certainly be helpful, mainly in cases when large upload/downloads are required. Although, you may be interested in bonding instead since that can actually combine bandwidth speeds.

Check out our Comparing Cradlepoint Load Balancing vs. Peplink/Pepwave Load Balancing & Bonding article for more details on both options.
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dannieboiz
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I remeber, Cradlepoint doesn't do WAN bonding. Peplink does along with a whole bunch of other nice features but the price of a Peplink device was like 3 times a Cradlepoint device.

FWIW: I enabled load balancing on both connection and did a speedtest @ 45Mbps ocassionally. Which tells me it does some kind of WAN bonding?
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torreyclark38643
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A single transfer won't benefit from load balancing. For example if you are downloading one file. If you are downloading two files at the same time, then you would benefit from load balancing because the router would use each WAN or WWAN connection to download each file. It's also very useful if you have a lot of people on your network.

I also noticed that it's great for downloading torrent files. Even if it's just one torrent because bit torrent downloads from multiple peers which allows both WAN/WWAN connections to be utilized.

The 45mbit download could be Verizon LTE, I've seen up to 50 mbit on Verizon's LTE network...you are very lucky to have unlimited service Wink
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dannieboiz
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know for sure that 45mbps isn't from my VZW aircard. I max out at 15Mbps where I'm at.
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Matt
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dannieboiz wrote:
I know for sure that 45mbps isn't from my VZW aircard. I max out at 15Mbps where I'm at.


What speedtest app are you using? Multi-Threaded HTTP traffic could use more than one link (downlink only), but any HTTPS traffic will only pass one of the data connections. The reason is because HTTPS can only authentic to one IP and pass data specifically by that IP address.

Bonding works by encapsulating VPN traffic on a machine so it gets a single IP taking one additional hop to a concentrator. Between the remote site and the concentrator it passes across multiple links, gets reconstructed and sent out to the destination. Any request to or from that's encapsulated follows this route taking an additional hop to the concentrator.

Peer to peer networks are a good example of how you can use multiple links without a concentrator. Because you could be connecting to 100+ peers each peer could establish there own session. For most of what you're going to do on the web it's just balancing the load and you'd need a concentrator to actually bond and aggregate the traffic.

Here's an example of bonding in action - http://youtu.be/tLFuslaIm1k
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onedragon
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

speedtest.net uses multiple parallel connections when testing from a browser using flash (ookla's phone/tablet apps behave differently). If you have round-robin loadbalance enabled you will generally (but not always) get a speed test run across both devices at the same time.
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dannieboiz
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

onedragon, you're probably correct on that cause I did use speedtest.net

Trying to understand how CP load balancing works in a little more detail.

I have 1 computer that does most a lot of media and Files hosting to outside of the LAN to multiple device. Would I benefit from load balancing? Does it distribute the bandwidth to the two one connection from one host? Say if I have a few users downloading/streaming videos from the same source?

or does it like if those users gets one WAN going out and say another user using my FTP server from another source get the other WAN?
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