[plug] OT: Pool of IPs for testing load-balanced connections

Adrian Woodley Adrian at Diskworld.com.au
Thu Sep 3 14:31:38 WST 2009

Daniel Pittman wrote:

We're already using OLSR for internal networking. However, OLSR doesn't 
like having being a gateway router and an access router on the same 
device, and the cost for purchasing two routers per comms facility to 
full the separate roles is prohibitive.

Lastly, Link-State doesn't work when you're connecting through an actual 
gateway device (ie NextG or Satellite modem). And finding gateway 
devices which support something like OLSR (or even OSPF) is both 
difficult and expensive.

The design I currently have works, I just need some IPs to test against.

> Probably.  I don't think that significantly influences things anyhow; I would
> be looking at a proper link state or mesh network routing protocol, myself, to
> implement these facilities.
> Modern protocols and implementations can deliver loop-free, rapidly converging
> routing information without reference to external tests, and can even include
> link quality information in routing decisions.[2]
> Since you ask. ;)
> Regards,
>        Daniel
> Footnotes: 
> [1]  ...assuming you /do/ have such a contract, which is the case for their
>      commercial Internet services, but not necessarily for either their 3G or
>      home Internet services.
> [2]  Not strictly by the RFC, but there are protocol extensions in real-world
>      use that do this for 802.11 mesh networking.

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