Technology Comparison

Evaluating multiple technologies for your next deployment?

It’s important to first understand what you’re looking to do. Consider, for example, that many WAN-related problems can be solved in many ways. Before you take time to review the chart below, it’s important to understand what need you’re trying to meet. Then, the solution(s) you might want to consider will make that much more sense.

Looking to increase network speed?

Perhaps you’re in need of more bandwidth (upload or download) – you should consider looking at:

  • MLPPP – bonding (combining) multiple connections of the same speeds/ type.
  • T1 – upgrading to a T1 might help with the upload bandwidth you need. But note the download speeds are often insufficient for Cloud Services like hosted Email.
  • Bonded Internet™ – Bonded Internet™ will combine network connections (similar to MLPPP) but allows you to combine connections of various speeds/types. More here.

Looking to increase network up-time?

If your WAN/Internet connection is frequently off-line, you should consider:

  • Load Balancing – These devices will allocate specific connections for specific applications, and will redirect traffic in the event one of the connections goes offline.
  • Bonded Internet™ – Bonded Internet™ combines the connections from different providers in such a way as to maintain uptime for all traffic even if a line fails. More here.

Looking for Advanced Features like Encryption and Quality of Service?

If you’re switching to Voice-over-IP or using Video Conferencing for sales/services and you’re not getting the quality you need or want, you might want to consider:

  • MPLS – This (sometimes expensive) routing protocol ensures traffic is properly prioritized, queued, and shaped based on its importance to the user.
  • Bonded Internet™ – Bonded Internet™ allows you to prioritize and encrypt traffic over the public Internet – giving customers all of the benefits of MPLS without the price tag. More here. And here.

Here’s another snapshot of these (and other) common solutions and their advantages. 


Products & Features
Bonded Internet™
Load balancers
Pricing Fee per Bonded Link + Connections $40-$150 Connections + Hardware Connections + ISP Rate
of $40-100 / Month
$500 $750 for E10
Speed (Mbps down/up) Up to 900 Mbps Up to 100/20 Unlimited Up to 25/5 1.5/1.5 Unlimited
Supports QoS green check red wrong red wrong red wrong red wrong green check
Data compression green check red wrong red wrong green check red wrong red wrong
Use connections of diverse types,
providers, speeds, and latencies
green check red wrong green check red wrong green check green check
Instant failover without
dropping sessions
green check red wrong red wrong green check red wrong red wrong
Total sum of combined
link speeds
green check red wrong red wrong Yes, if all connections have same speeds. red wrong red wrong

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