Split net connections to increase bandwidth?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by motulist, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. motulist macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2003
    I have access to 2 wireless network connections, is it possible to make the Mac OS join 2 networks at once and have it thread separate connections between the 2 to maximize my bandwidth?
  2. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    It's called Bandwidth or Link Aggregation.

    OS X Server supports it (with additonal NICs). Pricey. The stand alone hardware is pricy also. This device would do what you wan't as a stand alone unit, but I think it runs Windows Imbed, but for $550- what do you expect. PC Connection or take a look at card for G5s or X-servers- requires this software to ballance "links".

    I'd do your research before you invest too much.

    I really don't know much about this, but one solution might be to get a USB2 to Ethernet adaptor, and install OS X Server. It might work. It should work, but I haven’t tried it- so all endorsements are off.

    At least this gives you some search terms and bumps your thread.
  3. tsvb macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    Hmm interesting I have never heard of doing this.
  4. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    It isn't really hyped, think of why.

    1- Hardware and software are generally not cost effective.
    2- to telecoms benefit
    3- cheaper and easier in many cases to just up bandwidth from one source.
    4- technical issues (mixing synchronous with async protocols)
    5- issues with static IPs
    6- It dosn't work if all bandwidth is really from one "master" provider or if you have maxed out avalible bandwidth usage.

    • Some good applications are this:
      Combining several Ts or partial Ts from different providers on different backbones for robustness.

      Combining many different low bandwidth providers into one to increase bandwidth and/or provide more stable connection.

      Combining different wireless (satellite and LOS "super wifi") sources for better bandwidth and stability.

      Increasing unused bandwidth for you from other local users by connecting through them at their convience (sub-leasing bandwidth).

      Irrating your local IT person- like she donsn't have enfough to do.

    I think Bandwidth Aggregation is a better term than Link Aggregation.

    It wouldn't make sence, for instance, to add a 56k modem connection to a DSL line unless you absolutly had to always be connected to some remote site.

    It's late and I am rambling, but I have a little more to add.

    People complain about OS X not having the same easy to use tools as OS X Server. I.E. creating, maintaining and fixing RAIDs is a lot harder with out OS X Server. Many forms of repair are only available thought terminal. This is likely why Bandwidth Aggregation is not a feature of OS X for most users. Likely, as Vista looms on the horizon, it will eventually become a more commonly used feature, as high-bandwidth digital media content delivery takes off. It may even enter into the regular consumer version of OS X.
  5. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    The Small Tree solution werks great, but damned if it aint pricey :p
    My bro has this running with 2 high speed connections on 10.4.6, and it S C R E A M S !!!!

    Hopefully it will become a feature in future OS X versions, so all you'll have to buy is a 2nd nic card :)

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