Slow (Snail) Internet speed? There is hope with SharedBand technology
Getting started is relatively simple with SharedBand service by understanding a few simple things. First, know that distance is important as this effects latency (Hops) on your connection. SharedBand has several hub locations throughout the United States (and for those in the UK) and will need your state/city to ensure you are connecting to its closest server hubs. Second, you’ll need two additional routers in order for this to work.
SharedBand sells, at the time of this article, two brands of routers: the Linksys WRT54GL and D-Link DIR-605. Each router is pre-configured with the company’s firmware to connect to each other syncing the lines together from your internet provider(s). The modem/router provided by your internet provider will then connect to one router provided by SharedBand–we’ll discuss shortly.
While SharedBand offers more than one package, and even business plans, I will be showing the cheapest bang-for-buck for two lines (Pro Plan):
- 2 routers: $150.00 USD ($75 each, if you do not have extra routers)
- One time setup fee: $50 USD
- Monthly Fee: $25 USD (250GB data transfer per month)
- Aggregated speed up to 30MB
- Total: $225 USD
To help avoid extra costs the following routers can be flashed with the custom firmware:
- D-Link DIR-605
- Netgear DG834
- Linksys WRT54GL
- PC Engines Alix Board
The routers used are chose due to their ability to wipe the current firmware clean and install customized firmware. The D-Link DIR-605 was selected as a model that D-Link wanted to distribute as their Fuzion Broadband Router. It can only be bought with its firmware from a D-Link distributor and includes a 12 month subscription to the Fuzion service.
D-Link has agreed to sell SharedBand its router un-flashed with Fuzion to incorporate the custom firmware and sold to end-users and resellers. The PC Engines Alix Board is similar to the Linksys, in that it only has SharedBand’s firmware. The Netgear DG834 is a DSL modem/router that is practically impossible to purchase in the US but is sold in the UK.
How does it work?
Hopefully none of this is going to overwhelm you, and I will keep this simple as possible. First let’s discuss what Bonding really is–as this is the key behind boosting your internet speed.
Bonding, in simple form, takes two separate internet lines/connections and combines them together in parallel. As data travels up and down both network lines, it has two ways of grabbing and sending data at once, resulting in increased throughput. DSL line 1, for example, will download at maximum speed at the same time DSL line 2 will download at maximum speed giving you a total of X amount download speed. (in my case 1.5Mb x 2 = 3Mb total)