Hughes Satellite Internet, Sprint EVDO, and Xincom Dual Wan Load Balancing

I bought a Xincom Dual Wan Load Balacing Router to “bond” or at least aggregate my EVDO Rev A and my Hughes Satellite connection.  How was the result?  Seemingly great.

While optimized for multiple users rather than for boosting the speed of a single user across two connections, it does do that as well.

I have a tendency to run multiple windows, FTP transfers, e-mail, and much of that can be spread across the connections.

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So you can tell from the above picture that I’m at least load balancing…. This doesn’t give you a great picture of speed, as it averages over the last hour, so if you haven’t been doing a steady download chances are you are not any where near your actual connection speeds.

Setting up the load balancing is simple enough.

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Because the Hughes connection is faster than the Sprint most of the time I have done a 70/30 split.  I have chosen to do balancing based on packets, I don’t know that, that is the “right” choice, but over short periods that I ‘d rather have my split based on packets than bytes. 

Making sure that my Xbox went out the Low Latency Cellular connection instead of the 800ms Hughes connection was the next task, and it had me sweating… but it was easy.  Xbox Live will Use UPnP so if I configure UPnP to be pointed to WAN 2 I was certain that my Rainbow Six Packets go the right way.

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That gets you most of the way…  I don’t have the complete list of servers, but I will work on it, you can bind the traffic to any IP to a specific Wan Port, and I need to practice, but I think you can even say all of port 3074 traffic to a specific wan.

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All in all I am loving this device,  and it is not badly priced.  I paid a bit extra for the version with VPN support, not know if I will ever need it, but secure knowing if I do I have it.

The Manual is a bit thin, and this is not the most friendly UI, but I just showed you the settings I had to tweak so if you stick with the defaults it will work right out of the box.