Internet Link Bonding is a methodology in which multiple internet links are effectively combined together into a single virtual pipe increasing Internet speed, so that the data transfer rate of the virtual pipe is the sum of the data transfer rates of all internet links.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Link Bonding ?
Multiply Your Internet Bandwidth: By using link bonding appliances, an organization can multiple the total bandwidth available for a single session or download, to the combined bandwidth of all available internet links.
Automatic Internet Link Failover and Recovery: By using link bonding appliances, an IT administrator does not have to worry about internet link failures, downtimes, reconfigurations and link failure recovery. Link Bonding appliance does these tasks transparently, as default behavior. A customer having 4 internet links (3 ADSL links and 1 Lease Line) will only see internet downtime, when all 4 links fail. As long as a single internet link is active, the internet traffic will continue flowing uninterrupted. Whenever the failed internet links come up, the appliance will automatically detect and utilize it without interrupting user traffic or downloads.
Emergency 3G/4G Ports: All standalone appliances support built-in 3G/4G ports, which can be used as “EMERGENCY” failback link and can be triggered, on-demand basis.
Built-In Dynamic DNS Client to Access Servers Over ADSL: ADSL lines do not have static IP address and therefore IT administrators cannot access inbound servers over the internet. By using built-in dynamic DNS client, an IT administrator can access servers from outside by using logical names assigned to them.
Types Of Link Supported ?
On single appliance, multiple types of links and from different service providers can be combined into one virtual internet link. Types of link support including ADSL, Internet Lease Lines, 3G, 4G, LTE, T1/E1, satellite, Cable modems
What is the difference between a link load balancer and a broadband bonding (link bonding) router ?
The main distinction between any of the load balancing devices and a broadband bonding (or link bonding) router is that the broadband bonding provides link bonding for data transfers. With link bonding, the access links are effectively combined together into a single virtual pipe so that the data transfer rate of the virtual pipe is the sum of the data transfer rates of the access links that are being combined. Load balancing devices simply distribute load at the granularity of session. For example, if a user within the local network downloads a file, it generates a server request that is sent out over a single Internet access line. As a result, the file download will only use a single Internet access line, even though the other available Internet access lines may be idle. This is primarily how the load-balancers and load balancing routers operate.
So in summary, with broadband bonding you get the full combined speed of all of the links, with link load balancers you only get the speed of one link. Here is a white-paper listed in this link named “LBR vs Bonding”
Mushroom Networks is the provider of SD-WAN (Software Defined WAN) and NFV solutions capable of Broadband Bonding that enables self-healing WAN networks that route around network problems such as latency, jitter and packet loss.