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Making Wireless Carriers Play Together 58

Posted by timothy
from the until-the-next-bottleneck-at-least dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Ok, so the idea of opening all Wi-Fi networks in a misthought utopian vision didn't go over so well. But no one discussed the best part of open Wi-Fi networks: bonding different Wi-Fi and mobile carriers to get the best price and decent performance. We could save money and avoid lock in by bouncing to whoever gives us the best rate, and, when we need speed, jump on all of them at once for a network bonded boost."
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Making Wireless Carriers Play Together

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  • Go Away (Score:3, Informative)

    by Antipater (2053064) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @02:34PM (#42753935)
    You don't get to make another Slashdot submission to say "and another thing!" just because nobody liked your first one.
  • What's the point? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Nethemas the Great (909900) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @02:44PM (#42754047)
    Just because you can connect to multiple spigots doesn't meant that they don't eventually lead to the same water main. As for saving the customer money Android already provides for the ability to switch over to configured WiFi hotspots when detected.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 31, 2013 @03:46PM (#42754883)

    I am in a neighborhood with choices in broadband, and have considered buying redundancy. Current promo options make it very feasible.

    Comcast here has reliability issues due both to overhead wires that go out for days(annually), and an irritating tendency to show lag (or momentary outages) in the 10-90 second range(daily or worse). I assume the latter is due to doing service on the live system, but is impossible for me to diagnose as it is gone before I can characterize the problem to even complain.

    I wouldn't mind adding a cheap DSL if I can bond the two in a way to improve my service, but I am not clear how to do that. True bonded service might work, but I don't know how to set that up on two IP addresses. My current router won't do it, and I haven't looked into equipment choices.

    Any suggestions?

    Try something like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Syswan-SW24-Dual-WAN-Router/dp/B007SIT0VC

    I used it for a Cable and DSL combo. Might need to reboot it every couple of months, but it's good otherwise. Pretty simple web UI.

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