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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

Im approaching the limit for my 2mb line and possibly need of more bandwidth, whats required to get two 2mb lines and bond them together - like the old ISDN days? Are there any other cost effective options?
thanks in adv.
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

Can this be done or does Plusnet have plans for bigger packages?
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

This can't be done with PlusNet right now.

There are two ways about it

1: True bonding. Where both up and downstream are bonded to act line a single line

2: Virtual bonding. Sllows for faster upload speeds, however, downstream requires two connections to acheive full speed.

PlusNet are looking at true bonding IIRC.

It can be quite expensive with a dedicated hardware router (anythign from £500 to £2000 IIRC). But can be done using a *nix OS and capable hardware, for anything from £300 upwards IIRC.
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

There are 4 options for you. Firstly and the best (as its what im doing an a month or so) UKOnline 8000, which is a 8mbit line with 400kbit upstream for the exact same price I pay for plusnet 2mbit line (thanks to LLU which is something PN dont do). The only problem with this is that its not available everwhere.

The other cheaper option would be to have another phone line installed and have adsl installed and use a load ballencing router. This will work ok for a LAN with multiple threaded connections, so you wont get a single download thats any faster than one of the lines.

The step up from this would be to move to an ISP that supports channel bonding, for a small monthly fee they use their equipment to make the 2 lines act as one single line (both would have to be with them). The main problem with this is you need a router that supports ADSL bonding and these are few and far between and are not cheap at all, having never used this personally I dont know how well it works but I hear its damned good and can work with upto 4 lines.

The last and probable least usefull option to you is a leased line, these are very expensive and hard to get installed. But they are DAMNED reliable and fully symentrical and you wouldnt have to worry about things like contention etc.. this is why some business's use them.
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

Yeah i looked into the 8mb service and they wont be doing it in my area thanks
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

they will be adding more exchanges to the list over time but sadly it looks like you need one of the other options then. If its single download spead (and extra upload) you are after I would give nildiram a call and ask them about their adsl bonding packages. They can also advise you as to what hardware will best suit that route.
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

didnt know abotuthe 8mb line, but uploads still pretty low, wasthinking about getting a 4mb, but locked into my 2mb contract Sad
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

With the UKO package you get as much as your line can handle. So for the same fee if you can only get 3mbit thats what you get, or if you can get the full 8mbit then thats what you get, basically the exchange and your modem/router talk to each other and work out whats the fastest speed they can work at. As for the upload I dont know of any home package that is any faster as its not something that would really have a large enough market to make it profitable.

If 400k really isnt enough your only real options are ether a business class line like SDSL/Leased line/Easynet ADSL (can go upto 756k upload I belive) or getting the bonded adsl option where I belive the best speeds you can get 8bit down 1mbit up.

As for the contract there is always the option of buying yourself out of it. This may not be an option as it depends on how long you have left and what you can afford though it is possable.
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Curious?

Just wondering, how on earth are you coming to the full capacity of 2MB, or even 4MB?

You'll go blind!
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

This has been explained many times in other posts. But basically some people do a lot more downloading than others (some totally legal some not so legal). Also in my own case I share my net with 3 other people and it doesnt take much to max it out with 4 things going on at once. Then how about those large downloads that you dont want to wait for? Next time im downloading a 3.5 gig suse linux image I would rather only have to wait less than 1 hour (in the case of 8mbit) instead of 4 hours in the case of 2mbit.

As for going blind.. not everyone uses the net for porn.. theres a lot more out there if you have a look, I sugest you try it some time.
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

Dont take everything too seriously...
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

wasnt taking it seriously Cheesy if I was I would have broken down and detailed bandwidth usage of how you could max out a 2mbit line.. im just board in work Cheesy
madswitcher
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Registered: 01-08-2007

2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

Hi Codezero
You say you have a UKO connection: how are UKO from a reliability point of view and did you have any hassle transfering over from your previous ISP? Did you use your existing modem?

Do you know the parameters for the various speeds such as line loss and s/n ratio? I am on a 2M line at just under 42dB line loss and 23.5 s/n ratio

UKO sounds attractive

thanks, Mike
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

Do think if bt pull there leg out we could see plus net have 8mb service as well.
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2mb - not fast enough! ADSL bonding?

Posted by Nick on AG

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Hi there,

I should point out that we are actively looking into providing 8mb services. The relationship with BT Retail is designed to mutually strengthen our positions and is not a prohibitor to us delivering alternate broadband technologies such as LLU. We are not bound by them in the manner suggested.

The bottom line is that we will always seek to supply the best value services for our customers and this may well include higher speed broadband.

Kind regards,

Nick Dodds

plusnet support


Looks promising