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WIDE AREA NETWORK SETUP

By tsakina ·
How can i enable a current client site that has a WAN spanning 7 remote sites covering two countries, to utilise and load balance two different link providers so that they can achieve a load balancing between the links as well as have no downtime should one link go down as the other link continues serving.

They are currently on the local Telcom's 64k leased line, but have also gone for a satelite link with one of the local providers on 64k as well.I can't get both working in cohesion even when i put costs on my ip routes, and this lines will only function on their own.Please advice as the cleint is paying for both links on a per month basis.

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by mshavrov In reply to WIDE AREA NETWORK SETUP

You didn't tell what kind and which brand of network equipment do you have. For example, if you have Cisco routers, you may do load balancing by 1. Enabling EIGRP as your routing protocol, 2. Change link encapsulation protocol to MPPP (Multilink PPP), 3. ... All of this will handle links flapping and will work with one link as well as with two. If you want to have backup link, you may change priorities on links, so it will have one link "priority link", and another will be used only if first link goes down. But again, it's what I know how to do on Cisco equipment. I believe some routers can do same things (Nortel, Intel, etc), but some can not.

If you have more questions, send me e-mail. Good luck,

Michael Shavrov
CCNP, CCDP, MCSE W2K, Security+, ...

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