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Author Topic: Two broadband connections at the same time?  (Read 2865 times)

dluby

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Two broadband connections at the same time?
« on: October 06, 2010, 08:24:42 AM »
Hi,

I have 2 broadband connections in my house (both 2MB download speeds).  One is wired directly into my main PC and the other is available via a wireless router (it's mainly for online gaming).

The questions is can I use both at the same time and if so how?

Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question!

Thanks

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Re: Two broadband connections at the same time?
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2010, 04:10:44 PM »
This used to be easy to do, but I'm not sure how to do it now...

It's called "binding". You need to bind your NIC to the one connection, and bind your other network interface to the other one. As for which connection different software uses... Not sure anymore.

Anyways, maybe that's enough to help point you in the right direction, or maybe someone who's up on the topic can chime in.
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Re: Two broadband connections at the same time?
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2010, 06:01:18 PM »
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Re: Two broadband connections at the same time?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 12:15:16 AM »
Note that, as far as I'm aware, this works the same way multi-core CPUs do: you need multithreaded workloads to see the difference! In other words you can *not* download 1 single file at twice the speed using both connections simultaneously. But you could download 2 files, both at 2mbit/s, saturating both lines, each with 1 file. If that sounds like what you want, then a load-balanced router is probably the best way to go. That way all the machines on the router can benefit, and you're more likely to take full advantage of both connections that way too.

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Re: Two broadband connections at the same time?
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010, 01:56:14 AM »
JavaJones is mostly right :) - you can grab a single file using both connections as long as the place you're grabbing it from supports multiple connections and you download with something that supports multiple connections for a single file; most HTTP servers support this, and bittorrent definitely does.

But you can't bundle two physical lines into one TCP connection.

Btw, the wireless connection for gaming? Is that stable and low-latency enough?
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