Bonding / load balancing 2 T1s and broadband cable access - possible?

  • Hello all,
    Small wireless ISP here. Currently using Mikrotik home built router to handle dhcp/routing to wireless clients and routing for office LAN and a PTP wireless link. This box is connected to a Cisco 2600 with 2 T1s coming into it.

    Is there a Pfsense config/hardware that will bond my two T1s (from the same provider) along with 1 (or more) cable connection (diff provider) - all load-balanced together? All connections will have real static IPs.

    I'm wanting to be able to offer 3MB + 8-10MB together. I know my wireless clients will not get that much bandwidth, but I want to be able to max out my APs to as fast as they will go.

    Any info would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

  • Just thought I would post to this again. Can someone out there tell me if this will work or not?

  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    pfSense can't bond connections like that, it can only load balance.

    However, you may be able to talk to your T1 provider and see if they can bond the T1s for you. I know the Cisco 2600s can bond T1s using MLPPP just fine, but your ISP would have to help you set that part up, because it would completely change how your interfaces are configured in your Cisco. If you need a config example from a Cisco for MLPPP bonding I can track one down, but your ISP may help you out with this too.

  • Well, since I posted the first post, I have since added another T1, so I have 3 T1s going into a Cisco router (they are multilinked).

    I really want cheaper bandwidth is why I asked - I am on a long contract with the T1s so they are locked in. I would love to be able to use cheap cable access to expand my bandwidth.

    Thanks for the information, I'll review it some more.

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