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Re: Using Two ADSL Internet Connections Simultaneously

Seth Breidbart (
Mon, 19 Dec 2005 07:42:48 UTC

In article <>, Robert Bonomi
<> wrote:

> In article <>, William Warren
> <> wrote:

>> Obtain a Linux server, connect each DSL line to a separate Ethernet
>> card, and modify its route table to give equal weight to each line.
>> You'll need a third card for your wireless AP or other LAN connections.

> This approach only solves "part" of the problem, namely 'outgoing'
> traffic.

> "Incoming" traffic is an entirely different problem. And
> load-balancing _that_ traffic cannot be done in anything approaching a
> satisfactory manner without 'help' from the 'upstream' end. And it
> requires that both DSL circuits terminate at the same 'upstream'
> provider.

There are techniques for balancing (or optimizing) incoming (using NAT
to set up each connection to use the better available IP address for

> In article <>,
> wrote:

>> I know nothing about setting up a server, so please pardon my
>> ignorance. Is there any reason why it needs to be a linux server?

> No, it *doesn't*have*to*be* "Linux".

But if you have to ask, you shouldn't be doing it.


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