[DSL] Teksavvy Cable and DSL together using dual wan router Hi Folks,
I am currently using Rogers cable service and I am pretty happy with the stability of the connection. I previously had Bell Fibe25 (dry loop) with 7Megs upload, the speed was very satisfied but I had a nightmare with the service, random disconnects was the biggest problem that usually gets fixed with modem reboot. I had bell tech came to my place multiple times in 3-4 months, I had bell replaced my modem, replaced the wiring that goes to the intercom, replaced actual jacks inside my condo, replaced the phone cable that goes into the modem, replaced the slam, but still I was having random disconnects.
Now I am seriously thinking about getting Teksavvy Cable along with DSL to have a backup for each other, my plan is to have a dual wan load balancing router connected to both my cable and dsl services, I will probably get better upload speed as well as stability if one of the service goes down I am still up with other.
Can any one provide some feedback:
1. If they are running similar setup?
2. How good is Teksavvy Cable service?
3. How good is Teksavvy dry DSL service? My experience with Bell Drl DSL is very poor, and since Teksavvy uses same bell infrastructure, would it still be that bad?
Comments, feedbacks appreciated...........
I ran a similiar setup using a mikrotik router. Instead of load balancing I have split service, newsgroup and any server service will go thru the DSl connection while all other traffic goes thru cable. Should the cable is down all the traffic will automatically reroute to DSL. The setting can be tricky tho and may require some research. Or you can simply get a dual wan router.
I notice you said you will get better upload speed please be advise they are not count as one line, so your upload to skydrive or uploading stream will not take advantage of both line at the same time.
If you have trouble with Bell dsl service with disconnect especially if you are using the 7 up service then most likely you will have the same experience, but I suspect that bell modem cannot handle the load that you throw at it leading to disconnects(especially if you do peer to peer).
I cannot comment for ontario cable as I am in quebec. But I heard it can be hit or miss depend on the area you are in(congestion).
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I've previously used tomato on my ASUS N16 router to load balance TCP sessions between two DSL services from two different providers (Bell / TekSavvy). It required complex fiddling with IP tables forwarding rules and lots of scripting ... the opposite of plug-and-play. Not fun and completely application specific. Automatic failover was virtually impossible (suitable for switchover from prolonged failures but not for handling intermittant connection problems).
The best option would be to have the service provider implement a multi-link protocol at the packet level. Maybe MLPPP could help. I dunno.
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Sounds like a good setup you have planned.
1. They are basically identical, as far as I know.
2. Essentially the same as Rogers, except cheaper and a lot more monthly bandwidth (for comparable packages). There were some initial issues I had (which many cable people had to go through), involving Rogers disconnecting the cable after TSI installed it - likely due to no "third party" tag being put on the line, and I don't have Rogers cable (TV). The only other issue you're likely to experience is congestion in your area from time to time, due to your area being oversubscribed. Rogers takes their time upgrading TSI networks, so this can drag on for awhile. As long as you have another connection (i.e. DSL) as backup, it shouldn't affect you too much.
3. If you had problems with Bell, you won't have a better experience using TSI DSL. You'd need to get to the bottom of whatever issues you had with Bell for this to work. In this scenario, once you got TSI cable running, as long as you didn't mind waiting for TSI / Bell to keep working on things until it was sorted it should eventually work out (or at least you'd find out why it couldn't).
The only main issue to be aware of is it will take longer to get things installed and to work on any technical issues (specific to your connection) that may arise which involve Rogers. (not sure about the TSI / Bell relationship) Having the load balanced connection should make this a non-issue, as long as you can be patient about TSI / Rogers working on any issues. The initial switchover may have some issues, so be prepared for a bit of downtime then as well, or arrange for a temporary alternate connection (depending on your needs).
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Thanks everybody for your input, greatly appreciated.
First of all I am planning to buy a dual wan load balancing router that will do the load balancing or failover (TP-Link TL-R480T+ around $105), I am not interested in session load balancing where I want same session to be load balanced by the router, that is something that requires professional series routers or FW's.
I think if one of the service is up and running I should be OK for the other to be worked on, all I want in case of one service being down other service still working.
how about the service individually, any idea about congestion in Mississauga area near SQ-1 for both cable and DSL?
OK. Good. Your expectations appear more moderate than mine were ... for example, I wanted caps and schedules to influence download balancing, surfing to use the faster connection, and VOIP to use least delay to server, etc. I wasn't going to be happy unless the two WAN connections acted as closely as possible to a single, aggregate connection. No dice.