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  • Hi guys,

    I have two internet connections at my house that I would like to load balance and utilize both with one network.  I also have a handful of other accessories that get plugged into the network including smart home mp3 stations, printers, voip, xbox, phone, desktops, etc..

    I'm still learning and very new at this so can somebody point me in what a good setup is and what the process would be.  I currently run a single linsys small business router with one net connection to it and the other one does just wireless (waste, i know, no flaming please).

    What computer (I rather not build my own) can I use to achieve all of the above with load balancing and other ports/hardware to allow sharing of printer, mp3 stations, voip, etc… throughout the entire network.  Total speed should be between 50mbps-80mbps.

    Thanks!



  • Reading the multi-wan forum would be helpful: http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/board,21.0.html
    Also from the documentation: http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Multi_WAN_/_Load_Balancing

    Basically any old machine you have lying around will be able to handle your bandwidth.  The main load on these machines would be if you have multiple incoming VPN connections (i.e. employees, remote workers, etc.), traffic shaping, squid proxy, snort, etc.  Your config probably won't need anything fancy.  Just make sure the box has three network cards and you should be good to go.


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