Wireless connection teaming.

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Hello all, first time poster. After searching the web for a while and not finding any answers, I decided to come here. My question is this: My neighbour and I have very different schedules, and very rarely use the internet at the same time. We both have 1500 kb/s DSL internet connections, to different ISP's. We both have wireless routers and wireless cards in our laptops and we wanted a way to band together our internet connections so that when we use the net our bandwidth is higher, our main use being P2P file sharing programs. We live next door to each other and can see each other's SSID's. We have several cheap USB wireless NIC's, and wanted a way to have two of these plugged into our computers, one to connect to my router and one to his, and to band the connections together. What software can I get that will allow me and him to itilize the bandwidth of both our internet connections? P.S. the routers are a Belkin F5D7633 and a D-Link DI-624M. We both have Windows XP Pro SP2.

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It has been a few years since I looked at a scenario such as this, but as of 4 years ago, it would take a special device to team ISP connections such as this. Many routers (not residential or SOHO) offer a software package that does this as well.
In my experience, based on what you are looking for, there is not cheap and easy way to do it. You MAY be able to rig a linux server to do this and both of you proxy through the linux server, but I can’t help you there.

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  • Brandonbates
    I've looked into this quite a bit. Basically yes and no. Without device somewhere in a rack at a co-location facility, you will not be able to download a SINGLE file or stream faster. Now, that said, there are some things it is possible to do. There are commercial products such as FatPipe that do pretty much what you are trying to do, the trick is like I said they don't speed it up for a single download (If you use a multi stream download manager such as getright you can work around this too) but FatPipe is pretty expensive. The other methods are complex and not very easy to do, but would theoretically work. Take a look at: http://linux-ip.net/html/adv-multi-internet.html ** http://www.linux.com.lb/wiki/index.pl?node=Load%20Balancing%20Across%20Multiple%20Links http://www.samag.com/documents/s=1824/sam0201h/0201h.htm http://lartc.org/howto/lartc.rpdb.multiple-links.html There's several other articles out there but all basically the same thing. If you don't have a spare computer to use as a linux router, create a virtual server by downloading the free vmware server www.vmware.com I personally opted for a faster link.
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  • Astronomer
    As you can see from the other replies, this is not a trivial problem with two separate ISPs. I suggest you check out the cost of going to a single connection with greater bandwidth. If you drop one of the ISPs and increase bandwidth on the other, you may see a significant savings and will bypass the routing issues raised by using two providers. Depending on your relationship with your neighbor, this is probably the least expensive option. rt
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