Slow (Snail) Internet speed? There is hope with SharedBand technology
The routers provided by SharedBand (in case you do not own any of the models mentioned) will communicate together. This, aside from the firmware running on the routers, is done by using one RJ-45 cable in-between the routers. From the back of each SharedBand router another RJ-45 cable will plug into one of the ports on each of the routers provided by your internet provider.
Setup is relatively simple if you have some understanding of routers—but don’t panic if you lack experience as SharedBand provides technical support. Each SharedBand router will be pre-configured with its own IP addresses to communicate with the servers, and will need your account information to authorize the router’s connections.
You will have two connections to the internet simultaneously (in parallel) to the SharedBand servers and from this point your two internet provider network lines are bonded (aggregated) on the servers. All data received and sent on your internet lines will be handled by the two additional routers provided—all of which is transparent to the end-user aside from increased speeds you will notice.
Once everything was setup I could then log into my web account and check status, bandwidth usage and performance. Throughout each day the internet takes its falls and rises with performance, and this was something I found SharedBand to pay close attention too. Early mornings and late evenings is usually when the internet starts receiving the most traffic, as this is when most people are returning home from work or school.
This is done by checking line performance automatically by running a small (4 second) speed test on each line individually. The test does in fact generate traffic on the lines, but very little. Users can also change the setting preference if they wish for the lines to be tested more often than its standard setting of 120 minutes.
I found this feature to be of great use when my lines would slow down in the evenings. By making line adjustments it would always give me best possible speeds, though not saying much when CenturyLink DSL lines were shared within the community (which it is not supposed to do). Averaging around 3Mb download speeds, Hulu.com is possible once again. The unfortunate part is CenturyLink DSL lines would slow down to .8Mb in the evenings, giving me a 1.6Mb speed until 10 p.m. came around and the lines would boost up again.
SharedBand certainly offers one of the most amazing abilities for consumers that struggle to obtain decent internet. While the pricing up front can be a tad steep, its monthly fee is very low priced, making it affordable to gain a little more power out of that rural-speed internet.
Unfortunately SharedBand does not offer 24-hour tech support over the phone but does use an online ticketing system to answer and assist with any issues one might have. If the problem is of grave concern they do have very technical staff members that will work with you either with the ticket system or by scheduling a phone call. While I had only two hiccups using the service (which were nothing major) SharedBand worked with me in each event, and even made a phone call to me to discuss. There is, however, future plans for the company to add 24-hour tech support via phone.
Users who wish to bond their internet lines together via Wi-Fi will, unfortunately, need to install another router (total of 5 routers, whew!) to work as a Wi-Fi connection only. This router will plug into the back of one of the SharedBand routers (PC and Wi-Fi router plugged in). While not many would need this, devices today can communicate with router Wi-Fi for streaming Hulu.com, Netflix and other types of streaming media. The extra router does not need to be purchased from SharedBand for this particular setup–any typical router will work. If you do not wish to set up a bonded Wi-Fi, you can simply use one of your ISP routers’ Wi-Fi–keeping in mind it won’t be bonded.
In my personal experience with SharedBand, I got that new doughnut with its tasty filling back. While it was not the answer-to-all for ‘the’ highest internet speed, it gave me an increase that made life more enjoyable for the rural-crude internet speed I had. On top of all, I found it to be an affordable service.