Dirty Load Balancing
I am currently staying at my parents' house over Christmas. They are in the middle of nowhere and have very poor internet connection. They recently had a new ADSL line installed, provided by Andrews & Arnold. While the previous line still has ADSL, they kept it just for telephone service.
This afternoon I spent a bit of time trying to load balance the two connections with a half dead DrayTek router. Unfortunately the ADSL/VDSL port has been burnt out by a strike of lightning. It only supports 3G/4G modems via USB, and there is only one WAN ethernet port.
Due to these restrictions, my only option is to load balance using static routes, to routers on the same subnet. So, there are now three routers.
192.168.10.145 tplink aaisp dsl 192.168.10.146 speedtouch xilo dsl 192.168.10.254 draytek defalt route
The DrayTek is the default route for the subnet and also dishes out the IP addresses. It has the following routing table:
Key: C - connected, S - static, R - RIP, * - default, ~ - private S~ 0.0.0.0/ 184.108.40.206 via 192.168.10.145 LAN S~ 220.127.116.11/ 18.104.22.168 via 192.168.10.146 LAN C~ 192.168.10.0/ 255.255.255.0 directly connected LAN
Basically the internet has been divided in half, split between two connections. The main problem with this is that if one of the connections goes down, half the internet will not be accessible. From what I can tell, the DrayTek does not allow you to define static route priorities or fallover routes. Quick example…
$ traceroute google.com traceroute to google.com (22.214.171.124), 30 hops max, 60 byte packets 1 my.router (192.168.10.254) 3.275 ms 3.726 ms 3.704 ms 2 192.168.10.145 (192.168.10.145) 3.271 ms 5.694 ms 6.287 ms ^C $ traceroute speedtest.net traceroute to speedtest.net (126.96.36.199), 30 hops max, 60 byte packets 1 my.router (192.168.10.254) 3.307 ms 3.772 ms 3.752 ms 2 192.168.10.146 (192.168.10.146) 49.445 ms 48.618 ms 48.193 ms ^C
It'll do for now. I will look into a better solution for the load balancing.