Technology - Broadband Bonding

Broadband Bonding™ is a Mushroom Networks patented technology that enables aggregation/bonding of two or more Internet lines without any coordination or equipment from the Internet Service Providers (ISP). Organizations can mix and match various WAN connections from any ISP and use Broadband Bonding to create intelligent, self-healing Internet.

Historically, the only way to bond Internet lines, such as DSL, had been through techniques implemented at the physical layer that required special equipment at the central office of the telco. These technologies were not only costly to implement because of the required forklift upgrades, but also were limited to bonding to WAN links only from the same service provider serviced from the same central office. Broadband Bonding on the other hand, uses an overlay at a higher layer as opposed to the physical layer and therefore eliminates the need for the central office equipment and expands the bonding capability across different service providers. As an example, one can bond a wired WAN from ISP-1, a fiber line from ISP-2 and a cable modem from ISP-3 without requiring any coordination from the service providers.

Since Broadband Bonding technology is agnostic to the WAN connection type and works anywhere with any ISP worldwide, it enables organizations to build their own WAN connections from any combination of Internet service providers that they prefer. Depending on the available services in a given geographic location, the IT managers can pick and choose the WAN services and use broadband bonding to intelligently combine those IP connectivity services to create faster and more reliable Internet connections.

Screenshot from a live Broadband Bonding appliance combining two DSL lines for an aggregate speed

Mushroom Networks’ HTTP downlink bonding technology is another patented technology that has the ability to bond HTTP downlink traffic without requiring any other equipment or service in the internet cloud. For any other type of traffic, a cloud based relay service (or a one-to-many controller), both of which are provided by Mushroom Networks, can be used to enable bonding for all traffic types.

Mushroom Networks’ bonding technology combined with the advanced traffic grooming and traffic management capabilities provides an ideal platform for automating and managing WAN networks with ease.

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