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Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by indianboy, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. indianboy

    indianboy LI Guru Member

    Dear All Experts ,

    I have a small query regarding multi-port WAN Router with Load Balancing.

    I want to go for a RV0XX as i have a DSL Line and a Cable connection.

    My query is that :

    1. Can i successfully load balance the outbound traffic ( i.e. My Internet Access Load )

    2. If i go for more DSL or cable line then can i use the 10/100 ports of RV0XX series as my WAN Ports ? ( I heard this somewhere that the 10/100 ports can be enabled for WAN { Max. of 5 Ports in RV08 Series)

    3. If i can't convert the 10/100 ports to WAN port then is there any other way to load balance 4-5 DSL/Cable Links ? I dont mind using Linux or Monowall or Smoothwall as long as it is easy for a windows person.

    4. Another problem is that in my area only LinkSys , Netgear etc. is available and i have to watch my pocket before any investment.

    5. This is an amateur project whose aim is to make a 5 Mbps pipeline out of junk 256/512 Kbps internet connection.

    Thanks for ur time to see this post and reply ur comments... :)
  2. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    1) Yes Load Balancing is one of the features the RV0 series can do.
    2) You lost me most other router..the RV0 series has WAN ports labeled as such. You'd use those. I think you are under the impression that they are only 10 meg? They are 10/100 ports.
    3) The RV016 has the abilitity to utilize the last 5 LAN ports as additional WAN ports...I don't believe the RV082 does....I don't see that feature on mine where I see the feature on the RV016 units that I have. But the RV016 will allow up to 7 WAN connections.

    5) Lets make sure we understand "load balancing", it's differerent from multi-link combining. Say you have 5x 512K will not get a 2500K connection (5x512)...however, you will sort of close to the equivelant of 2500Ks worth of throughput...if you have a lot of workstations on the LAN. But one or two Need a larger network to utilize load balancing.
  3. indianboy

    indianboy LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the info. however i found another alternative which might not sound well.


    There is a Server Lan Card of 4 Port available from Dlink model DFE-580TX. It does have load balancing and automatic failover. I do have a Intel Conroe Server.

    How does it sound if i get the Server and this Lan Card to work instead of putting a Linksys RV016 ?
  4. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    I don't think that card will do what you want as it will assign one IP address to all four ports using the provided load balancing/failover software/drivers. You could probably setup something using Linux but then you could do that with four individual NIC's :)
  5. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    I would guess it could do what he wants, I imagne it's configurable as to how the card handles load balancing as not everyone has the option of using the same IP on multiple ports..
  6. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Well the 3Com and Compaq cards I've used have worked in that way. In a server enviroment, which is were this card is targeted, I can't the load balancing working if each port has a different IP address :unsure:
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