Bonded vs Non Bonded DSL
With increased growth in internet traffic as a means of entertainment and business solutions, not all customers have access to high-speed fiber connections for their needs, and connections can get overloaded with high traffic and increased load balancing if you’re using a single ADSL modem. This is where a bonded DSL comes in, which increases the speed and reliability of your broadband connection which can get slow due to the low quality of lines and other issues. For businesses dependent on high-speed connectivity for their day-to-day work, bonded DSL provides a reliable solution where multiple connections improve network resilience and combine speeds to offer an easy and streamlined online experience with greater upload and download data streaming.
A normal ADSL connection is set up by connecting the modem to a broadband-enabled phone line and then the connection is shared over the network with a firewall or router sitting in between enabling the single line connection to work. A bonded ADSL connection basically combines two normal ADSL connection lines into a combined single connection that delivers faster speeds and better connection quality.
It can be made from 2 or even more ADSL or ADSL2+ lines by which data packets are split up into separate streams and then sent simultaneously over the multiple lines in the bonded connection. It is then recombined before being sent further onto another node, and this process is carried out in both uploading data transfers and downloading.
Bonding multiple lines together require installing additional broadband connections and a device in the middle – the bonder – that connects them all together. Each line in the connection has its own modem and its own direct connection to the bonder itself, which hides the various lines from the local network and acts as a “gateway”. In a traditional setup, all of this is done by the modem, whereas here there is a block of different IP addresses and all internet requests are sent to the bonder through a single ethernet cable to take care of.
For example, consider a simple video stream download on your PC while using a bonded ADSL setup. The data stream is split up and sent down the individual ADSL connections. The splitting is carried out by the bonder data center and when they reach the user, they are recombined into one stream and displayed as such.
The procedure works the same for uploads as well, where any file sent over the internet from a PC is split into different streams of data at the user’s end and sent through the multiple ADSL or ADSL2+ connections and then joined back together into one whole stream at the data center. All this splitting and transferring over different connections allows the user’s devices to send and receive data as they would normally over a traditional DSL connection but with better bandwidth and uptime.
Even if one line connection fails to stream data properly, the bonder at the ISP’s end carefully keeps check on the situation and closes down all traffic flow on that particular line without any interruption in the overall streaming of data without the user even noticing anything. The traffic is just easily rerouted through the other connections and the faulty line is dealt with and resolved on the other end. This helps keep the transfer of data flowing without having to worry about lag or interruptions in streaming.
Although the method for bonding multiple ADSL connections is simple enough, it requires extensive processing in splitting and recombining data streams and, if gotten done with professional help, provides a substantially increased connection speed compared to a normal connection and has better downlink and upstream transfers.
You also get better quality of service regarding your specific needs like opting for better VOIP connections or enhanced downloads for larger files and overall a bonded DSL connection can offer better resilience over the network and clear advantages regarding load balancing over a normal ADSL connection.