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Posted by A11an (Member # 1717) on October 28, 2003, 10:19:
Don't ask me why, but the house I share here in Germany has 2 broadband connections, one is connected to a WiFi router and the other an ethernet network.

I have access to both as I have an airport card in my ibook, however I've noticed that I'm only able to use either / or even when both the airport is switched on and the ethernet cable connected.

Question, is there an easy way I can tell my ibook to use both connections hence increasing my bandwidth?
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on October 28, 2003, 10:33:
Hmm, that could be tricky, telling it to do load balancing. I'd be inclined to stick with the wired, as it will go faster in most cases (no encryption/decryption overhead, and I just like Cat-5), but if you could get the wireless to get some resources, web page loading could probably run at a pretty decent clip. It could really mess up some resource access, though, if you're getting things from 2 different IP addrs, on sites that track such things. If single applications could be instructed to use different network interfaces, that might be advantageous - one for SSH, one for Web (and perhaps alternating on different browser instances, possibly via proxy settings), etc.
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on October 28, 2003, 10:37:
I agree with d-man, stick with the hardwired solution. Wireless is shit, a poor substitute.
Posted by A11an (Member # 1717) on October 28, 2003, 11:07:
Thanks guys, just *hate* to see available bandwidth going unpunished, but sounds way beyond my capabilities, except of course for being able to fsck things up [Smile]
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on October 28, 2003, 12:47:
Chances are, your wireless is way faster than your broadband, so the slowness of wireless shouldn;t be an issue.

I'd be inclined to do a quick survey of what your housemates are using, and go with the one that's least used. That way, you get a bigger percentage of the bandwidth on that channel.
Posted by GeekAvenger (Member # 1895) on October 28, 2003, 23:22:
Mabey you could rent out one of them [Big Grin]

Is it possible to use those sort of connection on a lan, instead of ethernet or the like? [Confused]
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on October 29, 2003, 06:43:
I think you should try to make it work simply for the hack value. A quick google search turned up
which says it will do load balancing and run on MacOS. I may try it myself, but in a different way.

I also have two broadband connections, a cable modem and a DSL line. There is a firewall on each. Most machines in the house use the cable router as the gateway, but some machines set up static routes through the DSL router when talking to specific networks. For example, my desktop box sends default traffic over the cable, but when talking to my company's net, it routes over the DSL line so the IP address is the one allowed through our corporate firewall.

What I would do in your situtation is build your own router from a cheap PC with three NICs. Run the load balance software on it, connect it two the two broadband connections on one side and the internal net on the other side. Now everyone in your house gets load balancing. As the Druid pointed out, your internal net speed is faster than the broadband, so it's to no advantage to load balance in your client machine - it should be done as close to the net connection as possible.

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