Dual-wan load balancing router

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  1. dpandey

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    I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations. Budget ~5k. Can spend more for something better.

    Looking for something that plays nice with encrypted sessions. I am logged into VPN almost all day.
     
    #1 dpandey, Jan 12, 2019
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  2. vishalrao

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    its impossible to maintain an encrypted session like VPN if the connection drops even if it switches over to another connection.
     
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    dpandey

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    I suspected so.

    Anyway, I am looking more at redundancy than load balancing. The Airtel DSL goes down almost once every week.
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    Does anyone have the TP-LInk MR400?

    https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B0741FFT6F/

    Can I use the 4g connection as a automatic backup link? I can't find anything in the manuals.
     
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  4. vivek.krishnan

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    I have the MR400 in one of my factories. As long as it does not heat up, its fine. Once it does, speeds go for a toss. Secondly, does not support all bands of Jio which makes it an issue.
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    I will check on this dual VPN, I remember there being something about this with pfsense.
     
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    dpandey

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    The Rooter (the link you posted in the other thread) sounds like a better solution. I already have the Netgear R6400 and don't want to pay for another expensive WiFi AP.

    Tp-link MR3020 + R480T (or something similar) looks like a better solution right now. This way I don't even have to buy an extra SIM.
     
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  6. vivek.krishnan

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    The R480T is okish for small number of users. It did not work for us, we switched back to pfsense.
     
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    Had a few old APs lying around. Installed dd-wrt on a Rosewill RNX-N150RT. I was wondering if I can convert it to a dual wan router. 'ifconfig' and 'brctl show' below.

    I have configured 10.10.10.3 as the wan address and 192.168.1.252 as the LAN address. WiFi is disabled. From the output it looks like there are only two Ethernet ports. The four LAN ports cannot be configured independently. Or maybe I am missing something. Will appreciate any help.


    root@DD-WRT:~# ifconfig -a
    br0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 6C:FD:B9:40:18:3B
    inet addr:192.168.1.252 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:10280 errors:0 dropped:1 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:14868 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:808387 (789.4 KiB) TX bytes:16612696 (15.8 MiB)

    br0:0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 6C:FD:B9:40:18:3B
    inet addr:169.254.255.1 Bcast:169.254.255.255 Mask:255.255.0.0
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1

    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 6C:FD:B9:40:18:3C
    inet addr:10.10.10.3 Bcast:10.10.10.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
    Interrupt:4

    eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 6C:FD:B9:40:18:3D
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:10281 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:14864 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:952446 (930.1 KiB) TX bytes:16612528 (15.8 MiB)
    Interrupt:5

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:65536 Metric:1
    RX packets:466 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:466 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:28400 (27.7 KiB) TX bytes:28400 (27.7 KiB)

    root@DD-WRT:~#
    root@DD-WRT:~# brctl show
    bridge name bridge id STP enabled interfaces
    br0 8000.6cfdb940183b no eth1
    root@DD-WRT:~#
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    I have a pentium NUC that isn't seeing any use. It has one ethernet and 3 USB ports. If I get a USB to Ethernet adapter and connect the mobile into the other USB port, I guess I should have something that works.

    EDIT: Just got to know that pfsense is freebsd based. I am not going to struggle with tethering with freebsd. Will look for a linux solution.
     
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  8. vivek.krishnan

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    Thats why I use rooter based DLink 505 to do the tethering and not pfsense. However, @rajil.s has seen success with tethering 4G modems.
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    I googled for the Rosewill and found its an old rebadged TPLink 741ND, v1 - that supports VLANs. Surely something is going wrong!
     
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    Some update. Had a raspberry pi 2 lying with me. Connected the phone through a USB cable and configured NAT. Didn't have to do anything extra for tethering. This comment is posted through the connection.

    Will order a usb to ethernet adapter and see if I can configure dual wan with failover.
     
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