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More than 1 internet connection?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by WhiteShepherd, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. Got a question on Tomato networking for the experts. I run a hobby web site at home and use Tomato as a hardware firewall between the server and the modem. I just forward the ports I need and it works like magic.

    Thing is the site is busy and bandwidth is pegged all the time. I've been thinking of getting a second cable modem and using DNS to round robin connections between the two modem static IPs (share bandwidth).

    My best setup would be if I could run both modems into the Tomato box and have the existing port forwarding forward their set incoming port connections onto the server. Will Tomato work with more than one IP/net connection?

    Any ideas to make this work? Will Tomato's static IP option accept more than 1 IP for the WAN port?
  2. roadkill

    roadkill Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    you can't do it from the gui, but it's doable.
    this should work for Tomato too
  3. kameleon

    kameleon LI Guru Member

    Depending on your ISP it might be cheaper/easier to just have them upgrade your service. I thought about the very same thing you are thinking. I have Comcast as my ISP and was thinking about bonding 2 6m x 384k connections. Until I found out about the "work from home" service. It is a 8m x 768k connection with no transfer limits like their "home" service. (aka the unwritten 200GB limit). The price is actually about $2 a month less than the 2 bonded lines would have been.

    If you still want to do the 2 lines then your best bet will be to dedicate one of them to your web service and dedicate the upload specifically to it. The only way to "bond" the 2 connections like you want is if your ISP can do it. Most "can"... but most WON'T unfortunately. At least here in my area. I work at an ISP and we can but it takes alot for us to actually do it.

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