[MLB-WIRELESS] OT: Internet Load Sharing

Rowan Crowe rowan at sensation.net.au
Mon Aug 23 17:53:49 EST 2004

On Mon, 23 Aug 2004 adamsmail at jvxp.com wrote:

> Hi,
> In a situation where I want to join my ADSL connection with a friends, so we can have extra speed, or do Load Sharing. Is this possible to do via software? Can anyone recommend some software to do this with?
> (My friend and I will be connecting via wireless, so I guess this email isn't entirely off topic :-)

If you think the bulk of your traffic will be HTTP (ie web based) then you
could try setting up Squid, which is a proxy/cache server. You each run an
individual Squid setup, and the two communicate between each other to
figure out whether an object is already cached locally. I *think* you can
also set them up so that they'll round robin, which will average out the
load over the two links. It won't be true instantaneous load balancing,
just flip-flopping object fetches between each link. If you're downloading
mainly large files then you may not see much benefit, since each file
comes via a single link only.

The other downside is that your friend can see the web sites you're
loading. In my previous lifetime as a small ISP I shared bandwidth with an
individual, and I was able to see how fond he was of pr0n in my Squid
logs. Ugh. ;)


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