Ask Leo: Combine two internet connections to get a faster connection?

By Leo Notenboom

The Question:Can I merge two internet connections so that I have doubled bandwidth? I have a DSL connection as well as a separate EVDO connection. I want to know if it is possible to merge the internet connections so that the bandwidth speed would be added to each other, resulting in increased bandwidth.

Leo’s Response:

Because this article was originally written a few years ago, the answer has actually changed from “mostly no” to “mostly yes, with a caveat”.

There’s hardware now available – not even all that expensive – that will allow you to connect two internet connections to your local area network.

But … there might be a catch.

Depending on what it is you’re hoping to accomplish, you may be disappointed.

Dual WAN Routers

What you’re looking for is often referred to as a “dual WAN” router. WAN is short for Wide Area Network (as opposed to your LAN or Local Area Network) and typically refers to the internet.

Two connections to the internet.

Two should be better than one, right?

Mostly, the answer is yes, alhough there’s one scenario where the answer is “not so much”.

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This post is excerpted with Leo’s permission from his blog.

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