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Joining two t1 lines

ItsChad
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Hi,

We curently are using one t1 line and have outgrown it. We are looking for some information about how to connect two t1 lines. We were told by someone that we could buy a piece of hardware, it wasnt a router but it would fuse the connections and guarantee us at least 2mbps. I am curiou of what solutions you have or know of?

Thanks,
Chad
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Commented:
You should look into Bonded T1's.  Or a more expensive Fractional T3
Top Expert 2006

Commented:
Two T1s bonded with MLPPP or CEF load-sharing.  I'd recommend MLPPP.
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Commented:
Bonded T1s can be achieved using a device like this Tasman (now Nortel) hardware box:
http://www.tasmannetworks.com/prod_1004.html

This requires that your ISP can support it (teminate and bond multiple T1s) on their end, so you really are mostly dependant on what they support. I have 3 T1s using a Tasman box with QWest communications... it has been flawless.

This can also be accomplished by mid to high end Cisco routers with multiple T1 CSU/DSU modules, however this is more costly and more complex to setup.

With 2 T1s your would get close to 3mbps... there is a small percentage of overhead with bonded.
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you can have a look at radware link balancer product which will be a solution.
Top Expert 2006

Commented:
mid to high-end Ciscos?  Any x800 series can do it, as can the 2600s and newer.
Dean ChafeeIT/InfoSec Manager

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Yes, I am referring to 2600 series (as mid) or higher. Not familiar with x800. I have 3640s and was told that bonding would be resource intensive on the 3640 so we went with the Tasman... simple solution.  My gut tells me the 3640 would not have a problem handling it (even on top of BGP).
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