What Is a Load Balancing Router?

A load balancing router is hardware designed for traffic distribution across multiple network connections to prevent any of them from being overwhelmed. As a result, we achieve higher bandwidth and faster response time without the risk of an outage or other performance issues. In case of a server outage, the load balancing will route traffic to the remaining servers, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity.

Balancing incoming traffic in such a way ensures more optimized utilization of networks even during the high traffic periods, or sudden increases in requests. Discover more on our internet load balancing page.

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Types of Load Balance Routers

Basically, internet load balancer routers are divided into two types:

  • WiFi load balance routers spread traffic across multiple APs in an environment with a high density of devices, enabling faster response time;
  • Broadband load balance routers distribute traffic across multiple broadband connections, enabling better bandwidth management, preventing overloads, and ensuring automatic internet failover.
  • WiFi Routers

    ✔ Better performance by preventing APs from overloading

    ✔ Improved scalability for an ever-growing number of devices

    ✔ Greater control over WiFi coverage for better optimization

  •  Broadband Routers

    ✔ Higher bandwidth compared to a single connection

    ✔ Consistent internet access owing to failover

    ✔ Faster response time by preventing overloading

Which Type of Router Do We Recommend?

When choosing between WiFi and broadband load balancing routers, consider your connectivity needs:

  • If you require better broadband performance with higher bandwidth and automatic failover — choose a load balance broadband router, which distributes traffic across multiple connections and ensures availability and speed.
  • On the other hand, if your focus mostly lies on improving WiFi speeds and performance in a high-density environment, pay attention to the load balancing WiFi routers.
What Are the Most Popular Load Balancing Routers?
Peplink
Cisco
Ubiquiti

The Peplink Balance 310X is an enterprise SD-WAN router designed for medium-sized businesses:

✔ It uses all GE ports and offers a routing throughput of 2.5 Gbps, making it suitable for handling the demands of multiple users and bandwidth-intensive usage;

✔ The Balance 310X comes with built-in LTE for seamless failover, ensuring session persistence in the case of outages;

✔ It comes with an InControl central management system that allows you to easily centralize firewall rules, manage outbound policies, set up VLAN, etc;

The Cisco RV340 VPN Router is a WAN Gigabit VPN Router designed for small and medium-sized businesses:

✔ Integrated 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch lets you connect your wired devices;

✔ Allows multiple Internet connections for load balancing and failover;

✔ Supports multiple VPN protocols including IPsec/L2TP;

The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter 4 (ER-4) is a high-performance wired router designed for small and medium businesses:

✔ A powerful 4-core 1 GHz MIPS64 processor and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM;

✔ 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connections and a single SFP port for fiber optic connectivity;

✔ The ER-4 runs on Ubiquiti's EdgeOS which offers a wide range of routing protocols like OSPF, BGP, and RIP.

Optimal Connectivity with Internet Load Balancing Routers

Network performance can be effectively optimized with the help of load balancing routers. These routers distribute all incoming traffic between the least busy servers, or multiple APs, ensuring uninterrupted internet access and enhanced performance.

Be it significantly increased bandwidth, or an automatic switch to a backup connection in case of an outage, an internet load balancing router will maximize your connectivity performance many times, making networks flow like a river.

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