Here's something that popped up after I posted my question - suggests using an internet load balancer? Anyone use this successfully with Mac Os X?
I came across another post where someone recommended another such product from Barracuda.
Is this the easiest way to accomplish what I want, and has anyone done this successfuly for email/dns/ etc.
Rohin Hattiangadi wrote:
We lost our Verizon DSL Service for 10 days due to flooding caused by hurricane Sandy in NYC.
All our DNS, Web, and email run on our server and we were lost to the world for those 10 days!
We have now upgraded to higher speed Time Warner broadband service for our primary, but still want to retain the Verizon DSL for redundancy.
Our hope is that if we have any connectivity issues with one, the other will hopefully be functioning and carry us through.
Not answering what you are asking, but addressing the redundancy issue ...
If you have a disaster like Sandy, with damage over a wide area, how sure are you that one of your connections will work? If for example the cabling is going through a common duct somewhere, your redundancy could be only theoretical. I know an installation that wanted reliable, disaster-proof communications, and paid for three services - and was offline when a builder a couple of miles up the road put his digger (back hoe?) through the shared pipe. Unless you can get guaranteed separation of service, it is not worth the extra cost and effort. Consider instead moving your server to a data centre, where they will already have addressed the issue, and your total cost may be no greater.
We have frequent issues with our DSL so need a backup anyway (Actually our DSL will become the backup)
interestingly enough we did not lose any power (at all) in our office, or the Verizon central office (in neighborhood) - the problem we had was due the Verizon servers being flooded out further downtown on Broad street. Time Warner cable in our office worked throughout.
Data Center - a bit of a control freak which is why I run our own server, but Data Centers were flooded out (massively) in NYC - Please speak to Ms. Huffington about one of those (Her's failed..)
I know this will not be a catch all but want a little more reliability in our life
Thanks for the input - Rohin
I believe this is the way to go...
It allows you to plug in and configure two separate WAN/ISP connections (from different providers etc.)
You can either use them both simultaneously (Load balancing mode) or one at a time in fail-over mode (switches from primary to secondary if primary fails)
The router itself sets itself up on the LAN as 192.168.254.1 and also allows for Safari compatible web configuration= Mac Friendly
Reasonably priced as well (<$250) - Will definitely update this thread.
Bought the FVS336Gv2 and it works exactly as advertised.
I now have two external WAN Ip's / ISP's hooked up to the gateway router
One is Time Warner Cable (NY) 35Mbps Down/5Mbps Up
One is Verizon DSL (NY) 3Mbps Down/ .768 Mbps Up
I have load balancing right now, but as you can see there is quite a disparity between the two services (Verizon DSL is now my backup/redundancy line)
Hence I am diverting certain services like smtp / http etc. through the Primary (Time Warner)
This is working extremely well and I have full redundancy going. Just a few minor changes to my dns (OS X Snow Leopard Server)
Very satisfied.. i