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Bonded Broadband : the panacea to your Internet woes?

I had a quick look at the latest issue of PC Plus (Issue 238, January 2006) yesterday in my local supermarket and stumbled on Dean Evan's column about 24MB ADSL2+ connections becoming mainstream by 2006 and pointing to the fact that some of these services come with strings attached.

With my previous, unfortunate experiences in mind (see my post "Useful tips for dealing with difficult ISPs" ), I was glad to see that someone knowledgeable agreed with me regarding the fact that broadband is now so cheap that it makes plenty of sense to get two connections; just like with the expensive ISDN lines that populated the pricelists of BT et al some years ago.

Getting a second broadband line (or more) makes a lot of sense especially if you use the lines judiciously. Legend Communications, for example, has a load balanced broadband access offering, where you can combine several broadband circuits into a single one, and if anyone of these circuits breaks down, it is seen from a user point of view as a decrease in speed rather than a complete system halt. You might see that some also advertise the service as Bonded DSL.

I strongly believe reliability is what companies should be looking at, rather than being obsessed by cost. Stitching together several broadband lines, or bonded broadband, combines the best of both worlds.

This method is cheap, readily available, easy to implement and almost failure-proof - provided you follow some simple steps. There will be more on this as I try to get some more details about how to get that solution working.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.