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By Westy ·
Can you combine 2 net cards, each connected to a seperate dsl modem going to a seperate dsl service provider and get a combined 3 megabit/sec internet throughput? Does win2k or win98 allow for multilink with netcards like it does with modems?

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by McKayTech In reply to combine 2 net cards for f ...

The short answer is "No". When you bond two modem channels by multi-link, you still just have one route to deal with (your IP to your ISP's address).

With routes to two different ISPs, there has to be some mechanism for deciding which way to send a particular packet. This would generally be accomplished by using an advanced routing protocol such as BGP and that would only be available on high-end routers.

Neither W2K or Win98 have the native intelligence to make that sort of routing decision. They only provide for one default gateway so all the traffic would necessarily travel along only one DSL link, leaving the other one un-used.

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by Raffi_ In reply to combine 2 net cards for f ...

You cannot "combine" the NIC's but you can combine (called bonding) the DSL lines but there are a lot of 'gotcha's' and a lot depends on your upstream provider. Could cost you a pile of $$ as well.

Netopia makes a series of DSL routers with bonding capabilities. Check http://www.netopia.com. You can also look at an expensive dedicated solution like the one at FatPipe http://www.fatpipeinc.com or even http://www.astrocorp.com.

There is at least one software solution out there as well (cannot find the URL at the moment) but I seriously looked at it last year and do not recommend a software only solution.

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by Jairo-IT In reply to combine 2 net cards for f ...

Even with modems it does not really share the connection, increasing your speed. It just share the packets between the two devices.

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