RE: Can this design work for ISP connection? [7:95111] posted 12/06/2004
- Subject: RE: Can this design work for ISP connection? [7:95111]
- From: "Peter Walker" <peter@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 11:06:32 -0500
--On 06 December 2004 23:31 +0800 Nuurul Basar
> Thanks for the URL, so any load balancing is needed it must used
> rip, eigrp or ospf
"or derived from statically configured routes and packet forwarding
What matters is, what goes into the
> and I believed both way that is the customer
> router and the ISP routers. Only with this than both incoming and
> outgoing packet will be routed evenly between 3 x 2mbps link.
> Load balancing also will allowed full utilization of all 3 link and
> then may be the customer will see some different. Hope this is
You can never get truly 100% balanced and guaranteed load balancing.
Unless you are using multilink ppp or some form of per packet load
balancing then you will often find that certain flows of traffic will
tend to favour one outbound and one inbound link.
You need to consider traffic in each direction
Inbound (to your customer) link choice will be dictated by the
configuration at the ISP
Outbound (from your customer) link choice will be dictated by the
If you use per destination load balancing then
"This preserves packet order, with potential unequal usage of the
links. If one host receives the majority of the traffic all packets
use one link, which leaves bandwidth on other links unused. A larger
number of destination addresses leads to more equally used links."
This can be particularly relevant if your customer is using a single
outbound NAT address and the ISP router is configured for per
destination load balancing.
If you use per packet load balancing then you are more likely to
evenly utilise the links but this could have a negative effect on the
performance of the router which could result in poor packet
throughput and an inability to fully utilise the links. I would
suspect that a number of 2600 series router models would be unable to
handle 5-6mbs of per packet load balanced traffic.
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