Aggregate some bandwidth
Most companies are pretty good at planning for a hardware failure
with backups of sensitive data. Most people, however, don’t consider
the value of bandwidth redundancy.
Enter the Splitronic
Broadband Aggregator. This thing is cool - just plug one broadband
source in one end and the other in the other end and it will do the
rest. For instance, you could feed the router a T1 line and a DSL line.
It will balance the load for your users and essentially make a fat pipe
out of the two lesser pipes. This provides you with an inexpensive way
to add additional users to your network without going for expensive
Another benefit of broadband aggregation is that the router can
smartly determine if one of the lines drops out and route your load
through the working connection. The speed will typically be noticably
slower when this happens, but at least you will have a backup solution
in place while you fix the problem. This allows most companies to
perform their most critical tasks - for us this would include taking
orders, answering emails, shipping orders, etc. And maybe, if there’s a
little bandwidth left, writing on our blog.
I think this product is so cool because inevitably our internet goes
down a few times a year - getting a cheap DSL backup that is always
there in the background just in case is well worth the $30 or so per
month. An added benefit is the increase in bandwidth.