I don't know that much about network engineering (hence why I'm here) so please bear with me, or point me to somewhere else where I can get help. I want to be able to broadcast a high quality video live-stream, and I need reliable 10Mbps upload speeds. The only options where I live are really expensive Ethernet over fiber lines ($600+). I have been thinking about using a cellular network, since Verizon can deliver 10Mbps upload speeds in my area, but from what I've read and observed, that number isn't at all reliable.

Here is my question: is it possible to tie together two cellular hotspots with a hardware load balancer? Would this even work, and if so, would it give a more reliable and/or faster connection?

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Load blancing, correctly configured, will only use a single link per flow. Spreading a single flow across links will give you out of order packet delivery, which is death to real-time protocols.

Load balancing really only works correctly if you have multiple flows, then each flow is assigned a single link, but you use the aggregate bandwidth because you have multiple flows.

  • That makes sense. Thanks for the help! Do you know of any cellular internet service with guaranteed speeds?
    – lsma
    Dec 15, 2017 at 22:25
  • Unfortunately, product or resource recommendations are explicitly off-topic here, as they are on SE sites, except Software Recommendations and Hardware Recommendations. it is rather the nature of wireless communications to have variable bandwidth.
    – Ron Maupin
    Dec 15, 2017 at 22:37

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