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- Before Getting Started
- Watch the Setup Video
- Setting Up SpeedFusion Connect Protect
- Step 1: Updating Firmware & Backup Your Device Configuration
- Step 2: Baseline Your Mobile Router
- Step 3: Enable SpeedFusion Connect Protect
- Step 4: Attach SpeedFusion Connect to New WiFi Network
- Step 5: Enable WAN Sources for SpeedFusion Connect to Utilize
- Step 6: Connect Devices to New SpeedFusion WiFi SSID
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Speedfusion applies primarily to customers with dual modem devices, or those combining another internet source such as Starlink. Enabling Speedfusion on a single WAN connection will not provide any benefits other than VPN-like security to the connection and may slow down connections as additional hops are being added to the connection.
Pepwave routers have the ability to combine multiple WAN connections into a single connection using a technology called SD-WAN (Software-Defined WAN). Peplink has branded their particular SD-WAN solution as SpeedFusion and has branded the Peplink Cloud Hosted version "SpeedFusion Connect Protect." The branding has changed several times so you may see it referred to as SpeedFusion Connect, SpeedFusion Cloud, or Speedfusion Connect Protect. These all refer to the same cloud-hosted technology offered by Peplink. In this article, we will discuss how to set up SpeedFusion Connect Protect and will discuss its basic functionality.
Before Getting Started
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Speed & Reliability Expectations
Before getting started with Speedfusion it is essential to understand how the technology works so that your expectations are appropriately set. Do not skip over this section as it will save you time in the long run!
In order for SpeedFusion to function properly, it must balance internet traffic across the multiple internet connections available to the Peplink router. Most customers think that if they have, for example, an AT&T SIM in Modem A that is getting 10Mbps of download speed and a Verizon SIM in Modem B getting 5Mbps of download that with SpeedFusion Connect they will get 15Mbps of combined download speed. This is generally not the case, we will explain why below.
In order for the SpeedFusion Tunnel to operate and provide redundancy from any single connection, the modem attempts to balance the amount of information going over each connection and not favor any single connection too heavily which would impact the redundancy of the tunnel. The modem must also use approximately 10-20% of the available bandwidth for overhead to maintain the SpeedFusion tunnel. It is also important to note that a connection with a ping rate of 500ms or higher (unhealthy) will be disregarded from the SpeedFusion tunnel in most situations as the connection is too unstable to use in the tunnel.
In the example above it is much more common that a user will experience 7-11mbps of download speed when utilizing a speed test application such as speedtest.net because of these factors.
So why use SpeedFusion if it's not faster? Well, faster isn't really the primary benefit of SpeedFusion, the benefit is to provide a more stable and reliable connection that can self-heal when environmental conditions change. Reliability is typically more important than speed when it comes to the internet and absolutely more important for mobile workers who utilize VOIP, Video Calling, or other two-way communication technology that require a stable internet connection.
With that said, if two cellular connections are both evenly performing, with 10Mbps of download speed each, then customers can regularly see the combined connection be closer to 15-18Mbps of download speed on the combined SpeedFusion connection.
Additional Content & Links from Mobile Internet Resource Center
- SpeedFusion Connect Guide & Member Webinar
- Peplink Multi-WAN Overview Guide
- Peplink SpeedFusion Cloud Relay Guide
- Combining Peplink and Starlink Guide & Member Webinar
- Peplink Virtual WAN Guide
If you skipped the information above, we highly recommend you go back and read it to save yourself time and to prevent future questions not covered by complimentary support.
Step 1: Updating Firmware & Backup Your Device Configuration
Before you get started make sure to backup your device configuration and update your firmware to the latest version. Backing up your device and updating your firmware takes about 10-15 minutes. Detailed help articles on how to do this are located below.
Step 2: Baseline Your Mobile Router
Begin by first ensuring your Pepwave is baselined properly. While not required we highly recommend following our initial setup guide as well as our guide on WiFi network setup best practices. Links below.