Bonding/teaming internet connections

So, perhaps you are too far from your local exchange to get a decent DSL speed, or you have an urgent large download and want to use a secondary internet connection to boost your speed. This article will allow you to combine 2 connections together. No ISP support is required. Connections could be all DSL, 2.4Ghz wireless, or HSDPA or any combination of, indeed any type of internet connection (latency permitting).

There are a number of expensive products on the market which do this. I want to bring this into the realms of the sys admin/computer hobbyist, after all this is the information age.

In this example I am using 1 DSL connection, with 1 HSDPA connection, but assuming you know enough to be able to implement this you should be able to change interface names or implement for more than 2 connections if you want.

You will need:-

  1. A computer of some sort with Ubuntu loaded on it (only for the purposes of this article, could easily be any other distro if you are prepared to adapt it).
  2. A dedicated server of some sort on the internet with Ubuntu (again another distro if you want to adapt, I can recommend a Kimsufi 2G for €14.99 per month ex VAT, can’t get better value than that)
  3. 2 internet connections, obviously.

Mobile broadband from the command line in Ubuntu

For people who want to use their HSDPA connection from the command line in Ubuntu – Perhaps you have a server you want to use it on, or perhaps you want to do it from the command line for the craic – This is for you.

There are 3 files involved “/etc/ppp/peers/provider”, “/etc/chatscripts/pap” and “/etc/ppp/chap-secrets”.

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Boost your mobile broadband, get a HSDPA modem that supports an external antenna.

You are probably at this page because you aren’t getting decent bandwidth and response from your mobile broadband connection. It’s worth noting that even if you use the most expensive ways of boosting the signal you may still receive poor bandwidth and response. This is because there is only so much data that can be carried on the frequencies available, so at times of heavy usage (particularly when there is also heavy phone usage as 3G shares the same radio waves) it doesn’t matter what you do, mobile broadband (or midband as it should really be referred to) will not work well.

Now I have dropped that bombshell I will list the ways of boosting the signal:-

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