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Old 01-13-2021, 08:54 AM   #15
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Joel, are you saying the Aspen will EVENLY draw from all connected data sources, including , say, 3 sources connected via a USB hub? ...And via a WiFi connection, as well as an ethernet cable? If it can, sounds like an amazing device and I want one!
The Ranger does load balancing with any internet sources you connect to it. They can be phones and hotspots connected through a hub to the USB port but they can also be WiFi sources both at 2 GHz and 5 GHz. You can also connect some sources, such as a Netgear Nighthawk, using the Ethernet ports. Personally, I've successfully connected as many as five sources.

The Ranger performs load balancing using what's called the "Round Robin" methodology. With this approach data is called for from each of the connections in turn. If all connections had the same download/upload characteristics, the data load would be shared equally. In reality, differences between sources will result in measurable differences in the data passing through each connection.

I've attached a screen shot from my Ranger's control panel which shows the actual data usage by my three connected sources over the past 12 hours. The red bars are the usage from one of my M2000 T-Mobile hotspots. The dark blue bar is the other M2000 hotspot and the light blue bars are my 7730L hotspot with a Verizon SIM. You can see that over this particular period the Verizon connection (light blue) provided more data than the T-Mobile connections except for the 2 am period when one of the M2000's provided more.

But, over the 12 hour period the data load was shared by all three connections. To summarize that fact, I've also attached a table showing the data totals for the three devices over the same period. The color coding in the table is the same as for the graph.

If your internet sources are very different in speed and/or stability this sort of load balancing can become unstable. But as long as they are roughly the same quality it works pretty well and is very stable.
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FWIW another option for multi-port load sharing is the MikroTik router line. These units are fully programmable to do just about anything you want on a per-port or even per-IP basis: load sharing, TTL management, bandwidth management, PoE, etc., and can even handle some more sophisticated load balancing schemes. There are models with gigabit ports, USB, built-in Wifi, SD card, runs on 8-30 VDC, etc., starting around $50. The catch is that the extreme programmability means that they are for expert users and the initial learning curve can be steep. Really pays off once you get over the hump because there no longer is the question 'can it do that?' because... it can. But definitely not for non-techies so for most users a product like a WiFi Ranger or something similar with a friendly GUI would be a better choice, just including the information here for completeness.
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They can be phones and hotspots connected through a hub to the USB port but they can also be WiFi sources both at 2 GHz and 5 GHz. You can also connect some sources, such as a Netgear Nighthawk, using the Ethernet ports. Personally, I've successfully connected as many as five sources.
Question - would it be better to use a powered USB hub or non-powered - With each phone, Hotspot needing to draw power thru the aspen power adapter if a non-powered hub is used.
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Question - would it be better to use a powered USB hub or non-powered - With each phone, Hotspot needing to draw power thru the aspen power adapter if a non-powered hub is used.
A powered hub MUST be used!
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Old 01-16-2021, 12:07 PM   #19
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Can anyone confirm the FMCA plan is only 480k? I can survive watching sports on 720k but "a man has to know his limitations"😉
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Hahahaha. I totally get what you are saying and we will probably be blasted for it. I love my college football, basketball, and pro football. And Nascar, especially the big tracks.
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Can the WFR router be programmed to prioritize one data source over another? In other words, use my unlimited data device but if that is inoperative or insufficient, then us my limited data device?
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Can the WFR router be programmed to prioritize one data source over another? In other words, use my unlimited data device but if that is inoperative or insufficient, then us my limited data device?
Yes - In failover mode & you can set min speed / signal on each type of connection
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Yes - In failover mode & you can set min speed / signal on each type of connection
Actually, I would suggest using them in Hot Standby load balancing mode. I'm pretty sure you can set a "slowest usable speed" for the primary connection below which it will switch to the other one.

When the Ranger is used in Hot Standby mode a connection is made to both sources even though only one of them is in use. When the switchover occurs it is very fast; much faster than what would occur using the Failover approach
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Actually, I would suggest using them in Hot Standby load balancing mode. I'm pretty sure you can set a "slowest usable speed" for the primary connection below which it will switch to the other
My understanding is that: 1) hot standby is used with multi-WAN mode, not load balancing mode (which is an alternative to hot standby when in multi-WAN mode), 2) slowest usable speed is set by tapping the gear icon to the far right of an internet connector on the setup page.
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[QUOTE=ArloShmarlo;5600325]My understanding is that: 1) hot standby is used with multi-WAN mode, not load balancing mode (which is an alternative to hot standby when in multi-WAN mode), 2) slowest usable speed is set by tapping the gear icon to the far right of an internet connector on the setup page.[/QUOTE

My post was in response to mike625's suggestion to use Failover. Using Hot Standby is superior to doing that.

As for terminology, Load Balance, Hot Standby and Dynamic are all modes of the MultiWAN feature. The Dynamic Mode is designed to provide the functionality you are looking for, primarily using one internet connection except when it is necessary to use a second source to maintain performance levels. I've attached a screenshot showing the definition of each of the modes.

You are welcome to try the Dynamic Mode to see if it meets your needs. Be aware that the Ranger tests the speed of each connection at the Failover interval so there can be a delay from the time there is noticeable performance degradation to when the switchover in sources is made.
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Great stuff. I picked up a WFR and ordered an FMCA unlimited hotspot thanks to this thread. Will combine those with my Verizon and ATT hotspots and hopefully have some decent connectivity.
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For those in the same predicament, needing a router to tether an iPhone, today I received my GL-iNet Beryl from Amazon. The Beryl is supposed to be the latest and greatest upgrade from the Slate, which has been a staple "go-to" router on these forums for a while and popularized by GSGriffin in his thread "$40/mo. Internet-Interested?". Ever since the IOS update last Fall, the only router mfr. to "break the code" to allow iPhone tethering again is GL-iNet. So this new router was previously only available directly from the mfr., at an exhorbitant shipping cost. Amazon to the rescue!
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