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Posted on 2013-06-07
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Happy Friday all.

I've done some searching without a concrete answer. Here it is for the experts. I have a remote office with MiFi wireless internet access through Verizon. Is there a way to add a second wireless MiFi internet connection and attach both to a wireless router with the end result being 1 "pipe" for the 4-5 users in this remote office?

Eddie
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by:tmoore1962
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That all depends on your router, there are routers out there that support either/both multiple internet connections for load balancing or failover, it all depends on your router/fw. Meraki or Aruba are a couple that come to mind that have units that support multiple ISP's
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by:HAVARD7979
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take a look at open mesh you can connect them to multiple internet connects and still have them work as one seamless network


 http://www.open-mesh.com/
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I'm working on those 3 suggestions with out success. I haven't heard from Meraki yet but OpenMesh doesn't seem to have a device that'll aggregate 2 wireless connections into 1 and the same seems to be true of Aruba. :( I'm open to any other ideas.

If 2 mifi's were usb devices, is it more likely to find an aggregate device?
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by:Eddie_1
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Do you know of these aggregate products from www.pepwave.com and www.mushroomnetworks.com? Ever heard of them?

Meraki apparently doesn't have a solution. OpenMesh doesn't seem to have a solution. I will be talking more with Aruba today.
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Quick update for all.

CradlePoint offers 2 devices: the MBR1200B (1 card and 2 usb) and the MBR1400 (2 cards and 3 usb) with a respective cost of $250 and $380.

Mushroom Networks offers the Truffle and Portabella (and others but those are the 2 I've considered) with a respective cost of $5000 and $3200. Their products are commercial grade.

If I understand correctly, VPN is possible but will run over 1 usb modem for CradlePoint and Mushroom Networks. Although Mushroom offers a service, at an additional cost, to pipe VPN over aggregated connections.

Simply because of the initial cost, I'll test the CradlePoint MBR1200B next week with 2 Verizon 4G usb modems.
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These options fit.
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