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Old 12-22-2019, 04:43 PM   #1
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Using Load Balancing to improve internet connections

Most of us who are dependent on cellular data connections know that even the best of them aren't all that stable. In fact, if you use a speed test like "speedofme.com" you'll observe that the speed of any cellular connection can vary rather dramatically even during the course of a speed test.

In addition, both my OTR Mobile and my Verizon unlimited prepaid Jetpack SIM are subject to momentary "outages" lasting a couple of seconds. These often evidence themselves by brief rebuffering events on my YouTube TV.

Even though these brief outages are worse with plans that are heavily "network managed" even the hotspot on my postpaid Verizon plan exhibits significant variation on a moment to moment basis.

To combat this situation, I'm now using my WiFiRanger in Load Balance mode to "join" my two connections. The Ranger does not do true connection bonding (which is more complex and usually more expensive) but it does select which connection it wants to use for every webpage element or streaming segment. When one connection becomes slow the Ranger can choose the other. The result is that I'm now pretty much immune to the variabilities of my two connections. It's not all that likely that both of my connections will slow at the same moment.

I've attached a screenshot which shows the real time data usage through my Ranger for a period of a couple of minutes. Usage through my Jetpack is shown in orange with the blue representing the OTR Mobile AT&T hotspot. You can see how the load shifts from one connection to the other. You can even see a brief moment when the blue line seems to take over entirely from the orange one.

What we're doing here won't help you if neither of your connections is fast enough to stream video, but it is quite helpful if you are concerned about moments during which one of your connections may drop below the threshold for high resolution streaming. When that happens, the router simply shifts the data stream to the other connection.

Even though this is the Vendor Spotlight forum I'm not trying to argue that only WiFiRanger has this Load Balance capability. But, typically, it is found in higher priced routers. If you've never tried it you might find it useful. It's available on all WiFiRanger products including the new Converge models.

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Based on your post above, and a conversation with Christian at WiFi Ranger, I just ordered a Spruce router to load balance my 2 cellular routers.


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Based on your post above, and a conversation with Christian at WiFi Ranger, I just ordered a Spruce router to load balance my 2 cellular routers.
I'm glad I was able to help. Feel free to ask questions when you are setting up your system.

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