Frequently Asked Question - What is Multi-WAN and how do I use it?

What is Multi-WAN and how do I use it?

Multi-WAN makes it possible to blend multiple internet connections together with three unique modes of operation, each mode with differing applications.

Multi-WAN is activated and configured using the Setup tab of the WiFiRanger Control Panel. Check Multi-WAN for each active Internet Connector that you would like to blend together, moving the desired primary source to the top (Order 1) then select the desired Multi-WAN Mode under System Preferences. 


Multi-WAN Modes:

Hot Standby

Prepare backup connections for immediate Failover when the primary internet source goes offline. The sort order of your Internet Connectors on the Setup tab determines which internet source is primary (1), and any secondary devices (2-5) which will be standing by in the background.

In order to get the process started, return to the Main tab and connect using your primary connection. After a connection has been established, connect using your secondary Internet Connector. As an example, your first connection might be your Mobile or Sky connecting to the local WiFi while your second connection may be your Go2's Internal WiFi WAN connecting to your MiFi Hotspot.

Secondary connections will standby to provide immediate Failover when the primary internet source goes offline or below a specified Slowest Usable Speed (optional setting). When using Hot Standby, your secondary connections will be indicated on the Main tab by an orange "flame" icon or by being highlighted in orange.


Load Balance

Spread your data across several internet connections simultaneously by using Load Balance. This reduces individual data usage on all connections by splitting up the overall load. Load Balancing also provides better internet stability since slowdowns on one connection are less noticeable because the other connection(s) help carry the load. 

Once Load Balancing is configured and you have connected your multiple sources on the Main tab, Internet Status should display which Internet Connectors are being used together. 


Dynamic

The Multi-WAN Dynamic mode makes it possible to boost the speed of your primary internet source using a secondary source only when needed. For example, this feature would help save Cellular data by using local WiFi as the primary internet source, with a 4G Aircard/MiFi used only when needing extra speed. Conserve data usage on your secondary source but utilize its speed when exceeding a set threshold, such as for streaming video or downloading files.

Configuring Dynamic

  1. Select Dynamic for Multi-WAN Mode drop-down on Setup tab
  2. Set Dynamic Threshold at speed which triggers secondary boost
  3. Set Dynamic Threshold Time at time period for average speed to be based on
  4. Check Multi-WAN for each desired Internet Connector
  5. Order Internet Connectors in preferred order (primary at top in 1st position with secondary following)
  6. Click Save
  7. Connect Internet Connectors to internet on Main tab or await automatic connections

It is recommended to set the Dynamic Threshold at a speed which the primary internet source would normally achieve. For instance, if your primary internet source is local WiFi normally at 3Mbps, then set the Dynamic Threshold just under that speed at 2.5Mbps. This means that when you sustain an average of 2.5Mbps+ for the Dynamic Threshold Time specified, your secondary internet source will step in and boost your speeds. The average is rolling, so once the heavy usage is done, and the average speed is less than 2.5Mbps, your secondary connection will no longer be used to boost the speed.

NOTE

If watching brief videos online or performing small downloads is taking too long, and only the primary internet source is being used, then you should set the Dynamic Threshold Time to just 1 minute. This means that it will take less time for the average speed to be calculated, therefore using the secondary internet source to boost your speeds sooner. To use your secondary internet source less frequently, conserving its data plan, simply increase the Dynamic Threshold Time to 3 minutes and perhaps increase the Dynamic Threshold slightly.

Be sure to not increase the Dynamic Threshold higher than what your primary source can sustain, otherwise your secondary source will never boost the speed. The Dynamic Threshold speed must be exceeded for a sustained period of time before the secondary internet source steps in to boost your speed.