Maximising your internet speed or “throughput” can be quite tricky as alternate options may be too expensive (such as enterprise fibre optic internet) or simply put, there aren’t many other internet technologies in your local area and you are stuck with the choice of a couple of average to mediocre options. You’ve tried switching between different carriers to see if NBN internet or ADSL broadband, supplied from X company will be faster than Y company. You have gone through all of the inconveniences of switching back and forth to realise that it doesn’t make much difference at all. You’ve even purchased that “high end $400 router” to only see that your WiFi range has improved, but the internet speeds haven’t.
Enter the world of High-Speed Internet Bonding.
Known as various terms such as “Channel Bonding” or “Bandwidth Aggregation”, Internet Bonding harnesses the power to “Bond” or “Join” together multiple (two or more), independent internet technologies (such as NBN, Fixed Wireless, Fibre Optics, 4G, 5G) to act as one single internet line or “Pipe”.
In your case, you may have a single NBN internet connection. In some local areas, and dependant on the type of NBN technology, an NBN NTD (Network Termination Device – a device which NBN installs a small box, usually in a common area in your business premises, where the NBN internet is linked from the outside to the inside of your building) can house up to four independent NBN internet connections. This means, technically speaking, you can have up to four individual NBN connections. You then say, buy two NBN connections from your current ISP (Internet Service Provider) then opt to buy an additional two NBN internet connections from another separate ISP. In this example, you will have four individual NBN connections supplied by two separate ISP’s linked to four individual NBN modems:
The next big burning question is, how the heck do you join together these four independent NBN internet connections?
This is where Internet Bonding Technology comes in. There are several different types of internet bonding technology out there, today we’re going to look at “SDWAN Based Internet Bonding” technology. With SDWAN based internet bonding technology, a “Bonding Node” will be supplied to your business where the four active NBN connections will plug into the four WAN (Wide Area Network) ports of the “Bonding Node”. From there, you’ll simply plug the newly bonded internet connections to your local network or a router (perhaps you can utilise that fancy $400 router!). Behind the scenes, the “Bonding Node” sends all of the four individual NBN internet connections traffic to a secure cloud-based server where a unique technology combines, accelerates and compresses the internet data, sending it back to your business in real-time in which you will enjoy up to four times the internet speed.
Other advantages now come into play since the “Packets” or internet “Data” is handled at a server by special software layer such as:
- TCP Acceleration – this is a process that is designed to maximise bonded internet throughput or speeds on unstable connections (not all internet is created equal). TCP Acceleration enhances the bonded internet links when a connection has high “Jitter” or varying speeds. By utilising TCP Acceleration, the effect of congestion control is greatly reduced, giving you a more stable throughput or internet speed.
- QoS (Quality of Service) – as the data is being handled through a software layer, you now have the control of ensuring your critical business applications get the priority of the available bandwidth or internet speeds, over other lesser important business applications or software. A great example is VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). VoIP traffic requires low latency and jitter than other web traffic. By activating the QoS profile over your newly bonded link, you now can take more control over how the internet traffic/packets are prioritised and handled.
- Failover or Internet Redundancy – in the example of bonding together the four NBN internet connections using two ISP’s, most of the internet failure or dropouts are caused by the ISP’s datacentre or infrastructure as opposed to the physical NBN internet lines going into your business. Having two separate ISP’s will increase your businesses internet stability as the Bonded Internet connection can detect in real-time when an ISP’s internet fails and will prioritise all of the traffic to be sourced from the active or healthier ISP NBN internet connection.
- Static IP Address – the issue with having multiple internet connections are multiple “Dynamic” and or, “Static” IP Addresses. Since all of the internet traffic is being sent to, and coming back from, a cloud-based server, this allows a singular “WANTStatic IP Address” to be utilised for your business.
Of course, Internet Bonding is not limited to the Bonding Aggregation of NBN internet connections, many businesses are using Internet Bonding technology for pure failover or redundancy, or to join together Fixed Wireless Internet with Fibre Optics Internet. Businesses even join together 4G internet with ADSL!
There are many other great features and benefits of Bonded Internet.
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