Aggregating Bandwidth

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Aug 20th, 2003
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We're looking at pulling in two T1s and aggregating the bandwidth so that we have one big pipe. So far I've been getting different information depending on what ISP I talk to on what's involved in doing this. So far I've been told I need to MLPPP, but I have to buy a Tasman router to do it, then I was told MLPPP will work on the 7140 router that I currently have, then someone else told me to use CEF.


Any ideas on which is the best way to go?


Thanks.


Sean

Correct Answer by t.baranski about 14 years 23 hours ago

MLPPP and CEF per-packet load balancing are the most common techniques, and are supported by the majority of Cisco routers out there. I'm not familiar with the 7140's, however.


Both MLPPP and CEF per-packet will do what you want. MLPPP will combine the T1's into a single virtual link, while CEF will just load share the traffic between the two links on a per-packet basis (you can also do so-called per-destination which is really per-source/destination pair). I don't find one solution to be inherently better than the other, so if your router supports both you can try them both and see if you like one more than the other.

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rjackson Wed, 08/20/2003 - 07:00
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Without MLPP you will have to separate pipes of 1.54mbps. If the routers are using route caching the same pipe will be used for the same destination as long as the cache entry remains. All users going to the same destination will use the same single t1. So no single user will have a bigger pipe than t1 but if you have a good mix of destinations you may get good distribution.


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t.baranski Wed, 08/20/2003 - 16:19
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MLPPP and CEF per-packet load balancing are the most common techniques, and are supported by the majority of Cisco routers out there. I'm not familiar with the 7140's, however.


Both MLPPP and CEF per-packet will do what you want. MLPPP will combine the T1's into a single virtual link, while CEF will just load share the traffic between the two links on a per-packet basis (you can also do so-called per-destination which is really per-source/destination pair). I don't find one solution to be inherently better than the other, so if your router supports both you can try them both and see if you like one more than the other.

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