Table of Contents
- Products Covered
- Recommended Use Case
- Speed & Reliability Expectations
- Setting Up SpeedFusion Cloud
- Step 1: Updating Firmware & Backup Your Device Configuration
- Step 2: Baseline Your Mobile Router
- Step 3: Enable SpeedFusion Cloud
- Step 4: Attach SpeedFusion Cloud to New WiFi Network
- Step 5: Enable WAN Sources for SpeedFusion to Utilize
- Step 6: Connect Devices to New SpeedFusion WiFi SSID
- Need More Help with Advanced Features? Consider Becoming a Member
Speedfusion applies primarily to customers with dual modem devices, 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 Cloud." In this article, we will discuss how to set up SpeedFusion Cloud and discuss its basic functionality.
SpeedFusion Cloud is a powerful technology that when used properly can prevent internet connection problems. That said, SD-WAN bonding and SpeedFusion/SpeedFusion Cloud have their limitations and are not suitable for all installations.
SpeedFusion is considered an advanced feature and is not covered by our complimentary support provided with a router purchase. Using SpeedFusion requires a basic working knowledge of networking so be prepared to spend time learning the technology, its benefits, and its limitations.
The information in this article is provided "as-is" to help our customers. If you require additional assistance we recommend joining our Mobile Internet Insider Explore Membership which provides customer access to our MMH Support Forums where topics like SpeedFusion are discussed and where questions are answered beyond what information is offered here as a courtesy.
Recommended Use Case
Speed & Reliability Expectations
Before getting started with Speedfusion it is important to understand how the technology works so that your expectations are properly 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 Cloud 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.
Note: In our experience, satellite connections such as HughesNet do not meet the latency requirements for a SpeedFusion Tunnel and are thus ignored by Pepwave algorithms.
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 with SpeedFusion, the benefit is to provide a more stable and reliable connection that can self-heal when environmental conditions change. Reliability is 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.
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.
Peplink has adjusted the menu layout slightly on firmware ver. 8.2xx, reference the screenshot below for 8.1xx or 8.2xx firmware respectively depending on the latest firmware running.