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Networks Broadband fail over

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by nimbu, 25 Jun 2020.

  1. nimbu

    nimbu Well-Known Member

    28 Nov 2002
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    Just curious if anyone has done this?

    As I am sure many of you may know, virgin had a huge outage today. I only got my connection back a little while ago, though im still plagued with lag spikes and packet loss at the moment.

    I currently have a mini pci with Quad lan runing pfsense as my router and virgin superhub in modem mode.

    Option one was a 4G modem, but my house is ancient and solid walls. I did some speed testing earlier and in the good spots I was getting 5Mb down and 2Mb up on EE and even less on three!

    I could try it out in the loft to see if I get a better connection.

    Option two was to get a mini pci e Modem (my mini pc has a slot for it and sim card reader), however im concerned it would probably be worse than the external LTE modem

    Final option would be to get a second broadband connection, I was thinking a really basic "fibre" package that does 36D and 10U, all in they come in at about 22 a month.

    I would have pfsense configured to failover so if the VM connection died the other one would kick in.

    Ive wasted an entire day being offline and only managed to join a couple of calls, of those calls they wernt productive as I was struggling to hear. I currently pay for my own home connection, but we are about to scrap our London office, which means I will be eligible to claim for this one back.

    What do you guys think, certified crazy or not?
  2. Xlog

    Xlog Active Member

    16 Dec 2006
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    Is putting LTE antennas or the whole modem outside out of the question? Couple directional antennas aimed at a tower works wonders, especially for upload speeds.
    Going LTE route gives you a failover if the cables to your house get damaged.
    One thin to note is that all "mini pcie" modems actually use USB for data, with all the hurdles that come with that, make sure pfsense actually supports it or better yet, get one with ETH interface.

    Had similar setup years ago (pfsense 2.x), it kept loosing 3G usb modem once a week or so, took it down after couple a months and haven't really had many outages to justify trying setting it up again.

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