Friday, July 24, 2009

Review: Peplink load balancing and VoIP

I came across a review at Amazon the other day. Once again, you need a router that works as advertised and made by the true expert. It is reproduced here for your reading pleasure.

I purchased this router to replace a previous load balancing router that actually supported up to 8 WAN connections. The problem with this other router (Xincom) was that its firewall kept interfering with some of my applications -- especially VoIP.

My office maintains 2 WAN connections a cable modem and a DSL line. The router is supposed to sample the load on each and route traffic to the least used connection. It's also suppose to detect when a connection goes down and automatically route traffic to the remaining connection(s).

The Xincom never correctly detected when a connection went down (when a connection fails, it returns a "fake" internal IP address which the Xincom mistook for being a valid connection).

The Peplink over came every one of these problems out of the box. As soon as I plugged it in and configured it with my network, both VoIP phones worked perfectly as well as my existing applications. It fully supports port forwarding, firewall protection, VPN access while at the same time performing load balancing and fault detection/redirection.

Coincidentally, on the third day of having the Peplink installed, my cable connection went down. It took me a couple of hours to realize this because Peplink had detected the failure and redirected all traffic through the DSL line.

This is a great product for someone wanting higher performance by using multiple WAN connections.

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