Bonded ADSL for Business By Zak Ramdani
Bonded ADSL Explained The process of bonding Internet includes aggregating two or more Internet connections, combining their individual capacities into one. This is generally accomplished through an Internet load balancing router with bonding functionality. Bonded ADSL lines can reach download speeds of 48 megabits per second (mbps) and 8mbps upload speeds.
One popular method of line bonding is called packet-level bonding, where specialized hardware divides and evenly distributes packets of data through the different lines, easing the strain on any one individual line. Packet-level bonding results in faster download speeds and less service degradation when transmitting large amounts of data over the Internet. A popular failover solution that can be tied into a form of Internet line bonding called "load balancing" is when two separate Internet Service Providers (ISP's) are used. If one ISP's network goes down, data will automatically be redirected to the remaining active line(s), ensuring the customer always stays connected.
The drawback to Internet bonding is that not many ISPs support this solution due to the complexities of bonding, and the profit loss over dedicated lines. For example, a bonded ADSL line providing 12mbps download speeds and 4mbps upload speeds would cost a business roughly $350 per month, while a comparable symmetrical line running at 10mbps is generally $1,000 per month or higher depending on the ISP and geographic location. Another drawback to bonding ADSL lines is that it is a fairly complex task, not DIY friendly. As a result, solutions-based service companies have filled this void by offering this service, primarily for businesses.
Why Businesses Choose Bonded ADSL Solutions Businesses needing more bandwidth and data transfer speeds (especially in the upstream direction) are presented with a host of options. Dedicated lines like T1, T3, and proprietary systems are extremely expensive and while reliable, are by no means fast. Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS - or cable Internet) lines present more value for speed, however their signal quality depends entirely on how many people in your area are sharing the resource, the time of day, and the type of
subscribers that are sharing it (i.e. business vs consumer). As a result, bonded ADSL lines are generally the best combination of value, stability, and speed for businesses. Connectivity is an essential part of business today, and Prodec Networks recognizes that connectivity solutions need to be flexible. So its philosophy is simple: to work with customers to find the optimal solution for their business requirements. For more information check Prodec connectivity solutions