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How to bind WAN together

Hi We have two edge routers which are connected to ATT and Verizon separately. One of two routers is primary and second one is backup. so almost all of the time only one router work and another router is resting there. Do we have a way to bind the two router's link together, this way the bandwidth would be increase a lot? Thank you 

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Enthusiast

Re: How to bind WAN together

You can't and shouldn't bind 2 independent links to two different providers. If you don't want the second router to be passive/backup, then you can load-balance your prefixes across the two ISPs or increase the bandwidth of the link with your primary ISP, which is an additional cost. 

 

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Re: How to bind WAN together

Thank you !!

Enthusiast

Re: How to bind WAN together

You're welcome.

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Re: How to bind WAN together


I think there is a load balancer called F5. that might be solution or one of solutions
VIP Advisor

Re: How to bind WAN together

you can not get 1+1 =2, instead best way is to split the subnet in to 2 routes,  and fail over each other when one link fails.

 

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Re: How to bind WAN together

Another way to load balance, at least outbound, is to use PfR. It's an optional feature, which can dynamically load balance links based on link loading and/or performance to the external destination.
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Re: How to bind WAN together

If your routers are not iBGP peers then make them so.  We have found across our providers in the US that we get roughly a 60-40 inbound traffic split.  Most of the outbound does leave Provider 1 but that's because you have to pick your exit somewhere and equal cost paths prefer the eBGP route over the iBGP.

 

It's not perfect but if you already are limited to a single /24 it is a viable solution.

 

 

--tim

 

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