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Can I combine two Combine Internet Connection?

I have a HSDPA modem and subscribed to 3.6MBPS plan. Recently my school have implemented wireless hotspot in the school. I want to know if it is possible to combine this connection. I mean, can I use the wireless hotspot internet connection and HSDPA internet connection at the same time. Will there be any difference?. Will this speedup the internet speed?. Please explain it to me. I have some knowledge in computer. So I think I wont have any problem if you use "computer language". Sorry for the bad english.

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    ginger_boy92 Jul 19, 2009

    SO that mean there are no easy way. Ok. Thank for the information. From the explanation I think this 2 connection will have effect if I use Torrent to download files right?. That is useless because in my country(Malaysia) torrent is not the best choice. We have "latency" problem. So the conclusion is there no use of having 2 internet connection at the same time. I can of course use one connection to download 1 part of the file and the other connection to the other part download the other part.

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In short, no. You can combine the two together, but it is not as simple as you might think. There are two methods that could be used to do this (that I can think of).

I know of no way to accomplish the first option in Windows. Linux can be configured with multiple default gateways, which can be weighted according to the speed of each gateway. When a user attempts to connect using this configuration, requests will be alternately sent out according to the speed of each network link. So, for example, suppose you have two links, and one is twice as fast as the other. Your first two outbound connection attempts would go out of the fast link and your third connection will go out of the slower link. This won't improve your download speeds when downloading a single file, but could improve performance when downloading multiple files (assuming that the connection request for each download went out through a different ISP). There are numerous caveats for this type of setup (for example, what happens if one link goes offline - there is probably no automatic "failover," so half of your connection attempts fail. Also, the router has to be smart about how it routes packets for related network sessions. If it routes half of the packets for one session out of one interface and the other half out the other, things will not work as expected.) The easiest way to implement this on Linux (that I know of) is with Shorewall. See the multi-ISP documentation at shorewall.net for more info (but that is probably way more complex than you would want to do).

The second option would require that the ISP supports some sort of link aggregation. With that type of setup, the ISP splits the data in half on their end and sends it to you over separate links. This option is not available to you because you have no control of your school's ISP. No residential ISP that I know of offers link aggregation.

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