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My internet connection will be provided by 4 different WANs (each 250 Mbit down, 100 Mbit up), which should be load-balanced to one 1 Gbit connection (full duplex, most likely ethernet (should be sufficient?))

All of our network-traffic should be tunneled through a VPN-connection.

(It's possible that in the future the speed of a single WAN could be increased even further or that the number of WANs increases. This is not our main attraction, but more a side-note.)

  • My question is which hardware setting would be recommended here?
  • Is it possible to first load balance all our WANs to one line and afterwards let another router handler the VPN-connection?
  • Would it still work that this single TCP-connection (the VPN-connection) is load-balanced through all WANs, what is the requirement for that to be the case?

We thought that with load-balancing a single TCP connection will always be sent over the same WAN, but probably that's not the case?

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Simply put: that won't work. You can't terminate a single VPN connection on multiple public IP addresses.

But there's an alternative - create a VPN link for each of the WAN connections and load balance between those. Most business-grade routers should be able to do that.

  • Thanks for the fast response! What a pity, that's what we thought. By chance, do you have any hardware-recommendations for that? – Tobseb Sep 28 '18 at 17:12
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    Sorry, product recommendations are explicitly off-topic here. You need to look for a router with enough beef for the VPN throughput you're aiming at. – Zac67 Sep 28 '18 at 17:15

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