Any input or experience in difference of speed between bonded DSL and Leased Lines greatly appreciated.
Bonded DSL is the act of bonding DSL connections to achieve a single fast connection as you probably know. It's cheaper than a leased line but not nearly as flexible. Depending on your router it can be quite reliable.
A leased line is one of if not the most flexible connections you can have. It can be scaled from as low as 10Mbps (Maybe even lower) up to speeds such as 10Gbps. Only problem with a leased line is it's very
Leased Line connections also (usually) run over Fibre, have a symmetric service speed and also have a guaranteed
speed with no contention. Basically you order 100Mbps, you get 100Mbps both up and down 24/7. Oh and you can have one anywhere if you can cough up the installation fee.
Many leased line connections also come with DSL backup options & reliability guarantee just in-case of failure.
If you want a connection which can be as fast as you want then order a leased line if you have the budget.
If you want a connection which is cheaper than a leased line continue with bonded DSL.
As far as experience is concerned: all leased line connections I've used in the past have been spot on with the exception of my university one which was 1Gbps shared between over 25,000 people including
around 3000 on-campus rooms...
Bonded DSL I've had mixed feelings and experiences about - Downloading can be hit and miss due to the multiple connections having their own contention & they are not usually as powerful.
I guess the best thing to say - You get what you pay for
Edit: You will also find with a leased line you can reliably
set up your own QOS on your network and guarantee certain speeds to customers because the speed coming on-site will be constant 24/7.
Telewest (2004-2006): 256Kbps -> 512Kbps
University of Portsmouth's Horrible Network (2013 - 2014) - Supposedly 100/100Mbps
BT (2006 - Present): 8128/448 -> 22494/1211 -> 79987/20000Kbps (BT Infinity 2 on Huawei Cab)
Edited by chris6273 (Fri 05-Sep-14 20:25:35)