Combine Wired and Wireless Connectivity to increase bandwidth?
In my setup, there is a wireless connectivity and wired connectivity
available. I was thinking as why is not my system capable of using
both wired as well as wireless at the same time and increase the
bandwidth of network utilization.
I googled to know how this is feasible or not possible, but could not
land up on any documents.
Can you suggested some pointers on what it means to combine the
wireless network and a wired network. What benefits do we get, by
network multiplexing? Is it just redundancy, which is present anyways
or can we look for increase in throughput and bandwidth?
Thanks in advance.
Re: Combine Wired and Wireless Connectivity to increase bandwidth?
On 2008-06-11 06:04:22 -0400, "O.R.Senthil Kumaran" <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> Hello all,
> In my setup, there is a wireless connectivity and wired connectivity
> available. I was thinking as why is not my system capable of using
> both wired as well as wireless at the same time and increase the
> bandwidth of network utilization.[/color]
This is generally not advisable as wired networks have lower packet
latencies than wireless networks, which leads to out-of-order packet
delivery, not pleasant for anything in the TCP/IP protocol suite to
That said, if you can guarantee that certain application sockets go
over one link or the other, such as making sure all HTTP traffic goes
over the wireless link, and maybe VoIP / SIP over the wired link, you
may indeed get some benefits by taking traffic you care less about off
the wired link on to the wired one.
A discussion of how to do this is out-of-scope for this group, but a
good start might be to read into OpenBSD / FreeBSD's PF-software-based
firewall for "outbound load balance" where you direct the PF-based
firewall to send packets down a particular link based on some criteria
such as the TCP destination port. I've done this for other reasons with
PF, and it works well.
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