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I have a small network running a Win2K server and XP pro workstations.
The network is connected to 2 Internet providers (one through dsl and the other wireless).

What inexpensive solutions are available to give users on the network access to the Internet using either of the ISP?  
In other words, a load balancing setup - so that if one line is very slow or down, the traffic is routed through the other line without user intervention.  Both ISP's hardware has a Ethernet interface.

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Check this new product from linksys.. might just do the trick :)

http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=34&scid=29&prid=639

"But the unique dual Internet ports on the 10/100 4-Port VPN Router let you connect a second Internet line as a backup to insure that you're never disconnected. Or, use both Internet ports at the same time, and let the router balance your office's requirements between them for maximum bandwidth efficiency. "
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There are probably less fluid ways of doing it also.
im sure some script kiddys could come up with a good way.

off the top of my head... use scripting with some type of homemade randomizer (minute of the hour..etc..)
to edit your default route via the route command.  You could attach it to a logon script in group policy.
you could also manually seperate individuals  into groups and do it that way.

But if you want a full, Bandwidth1 + bandwidth2 type of solution I recommend one of the routers mentioned above.
(vs. user 1-5 gets bandwidth1  : user 6-10 gets bandwidth2)
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Thanks guys.

I am going for the Zyxel Zywall as we already have a few Zywall 2 and 10 boxes around.
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