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How to Combine Two Internet Connections
This wikiHow teaches you how to combine two or more Internet networks into one main network. In doing so, you will split your download speed between the two or more available internet connections so that your overall browsing speed remains unaffected by large downloads or continuous streaming.
Buy a USB Wi-Fi adapter.You'll need at least one of these for your computer to be able to recognize more than one wireless network.
- You can find USB Wi-Fi adapters online (e.g., Amazon and eBay) and in tech stores such as Best Buy.
Attach the Wi-Fi adapter to your computer.Plug the USB Wi-Fi adapter into one of the USB ports on your computer's housing.
- If prompted, follow any on-screen instructions to set up your adapter.
Connect to your second wireless network.Click the "Wi-Fi" icon in the lower-right side of the screen, click the drop-down box at the top of the pop-up menu, clickWi-Fi 2, and then connect to your second wireless network.
Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Open Settings .Click the gear-shaped icon in the lower-left side of the Start menu.
Click Network & Internet.This globe-shaped icon is in the Settings window.
ClickChange adapter options.It's below the "Change your network settings" heading in the middle of the page. A Control Panel window with all of your Internet connections will open.
Double-click your main Wi-Fi connection.This should be the network to which you were connected before you plugged in the wireless Internet adapter. A pop-up window will open.
Change the connection's properties.In order to enable two wireless connections at once, you'll have to change both of their priorities starting with the main connection:
- SelectInternet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
- Uncheck the "Automatic metric" box.
- Type15into the "Interface metric" text box.
- ClickOKon the top two windows.
- ClickCloseon the bottom two windows.
Change the second connection's properties.You'll do so in the same exact way that you used for the first connection, making sure to type15into the "Interface metric" text box here as well.
Restart your computer.ClickStart , clickPower , and clickRestart. Once your computer finishes restarting, it should be using both connections to split your computer's bandwidth.
Ensure that you have two Ethernet ports.In order to combine two Internet connections on your Mac without using a special router, you'll need to use an Ethernet connection to each of the connections' routers. This means that your Mac must either have two Ethernet ports or the capability to house an Ethernet adapter:
- If you have one Ethernet port and at least one USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) port, you can buy an Apple USB-C Ethernet adapter to fill in as the second Ethernet port.
- If you have no Ethernet port and at least two USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) ports, you can buy two Apple USB-C Ethernet adapters to create the two Ethernet ports.
- If you have only one USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) port and no Ethernet port, you can't combine two Internet connections via Ethernet. Try instead.
- Since your Mac can only combine two connections which both use 802.3ad-compliant connections, you cannot use a USB 3.0 to Ethernet adapter.
Connect both routers to your Mac.Using an Ethernet cable for each of the two routers, plug one end of each cable into the "LAN" (or similar) port on the back of each router, then plug each of the cables into your Mac's Ethernet ports.
- You must first connect the Ethernet adapter(s) to your Mac if you don't have more than one Ethernet port.
Open the Apple menu .Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.
ClickSystem Preferences….It's near the top of the drop-down menu. Doing so opens the System Preferences window.
ClickNetwork.You'll find this globe-shaped icon in the System Preferences window. Clicking it opens the Network window.
Click the gear-shaped "Action" icon.It's in the lower-left side of the window. A pop-up menu will appear.
ClickManage Virtual Interfaces….This option is in the "Action" pop-up menu. A new window will open.
Click .It's in the lower-left side of the new window. Clicking it prompts a drop-down menu.
ClickNew Link Aggregate….This option is in the drop-down menu.
Select your Ethernet ports.Click the checkbox to the left of each of the Ethernet connections.
Enter a name.Type a name for your new connection into the text box at the top of the window.
ClickCreate, then clickApply.This will both create your combined Internet connection and connect to it. Your Mac should now automatically split things like download speed and streaming between the two connections.
Using a Load-Balancing Router
Purchase a load-balancing router.A load-balancing router combines all of your Internet connections into one massive broadcast. You can connect multiple modems with different wireless networks to your load-balancing router in order to process all of the modems' connections.
- A two-connection load-balancing router will cost you between and .
Connect any modems to your router.If you have two or more wireless networks broadcasting from separate modems, you can connect them to your load-balancing router by attaching one end of an Ethernet cable to the square "Internet" port on your selected modem and then connecting the other end to a square port on the back of your router.
Open the router's configuration page on your computer.You'll do this by entering the IP address for your usual network, which can be found in your connection settings.
- If connecting to the IP address in your computer's connection settings doesn't lead you to the router's configuration page, check the "Basic Setup" section of your router's manual for the proper address.
ClickAdvanced.You'll usually find this tab on the left side of the router's page.
- Although most load-balancing routers have similar pages, you may see slightly different options in different locations depending on your load-balancing router's manufacturer.
ClickLoad Balance.Again, you'll usually find this on the left side of the page.
Uncheck the "Enable Application Optimized Routing" box.You'll most likely find this box near the top of the page.
Uncheck the "Enable Bandwidth Based Balance Routing" box.Unchecking this box and the one before it will allow your load-balancing router to distribute your connected Wi-Fi networks in one single connection.
Click or .Your settings will be saved.
Enjoy your combined connections' speed.If you've completed your load-balancing router setup and your computer is currently connected to the load-balancing router's name in your Wi-Fi menu, you should notice a difference in your browsing speed.
QuestionI followed method one. After restarting the PC, when I connect to a second network, it connected successfully, but after a while the first network disconnects. What do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThat's because this won't work like the author thinks it will. All this does is rank a preference if both are available. If they're equal, you may end up with some apps using one for a while and others using another, but eventually you may not have more than one application and the 2nd will drop off. I'm not sure if there is a way to actually do this, but I'm looking into it.Thanks!
Can you suggest any load-balancing router model to combine two internet connections?
I am wondering if it is possible to load balance 1 x DSL with a 1 x 3G/4G connection?
What do I do if I am getting the message "To create a Network Bridge, you must select at least two LAN or High-Speed Internet connections that are not being used by Internet Connection Sh?"
- While combining your internet connections doesn't double your download speeds, it does increase your bandwidth (e.g., the amount of space you have to download things before you notice any slow-down) by splitting activity between the two connections.
- Try streaming a movie while downloading a large file with your Internet connections combined to see how much your bandwidth has improved.
- If you don't have another wireless network outside of your home or work network available, you can set up your smartphone as a wireless hotspot to create your own custom wireless network.
- Combining separate Internet connections may go against your ISP's contract. Be sure to check the details of your current Internet contract before combining two or more Internet connections.
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