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 5 Best Multi-WAN Routers

Router With 4 Ether Ports

 

Multi-WAN routers provide two (Dual-WAN) or more (Multi-WAN) options for WAN connectivity though multiple ISPs. The multiple broadbands connect through a single local gateway on the router especially for load balancing, bonding, and failover, where high availability and reliability is required. For various applications such as at home, small office, large office, and remote site connections with these multi-WAN routers, check Multi-WAN Routers.

Here are some of the best Multi-WAN routers available today.

 

Peplink Balance 20 Multi-WAN Router

 

This is one of the affordable multi-WAN routers that can easily be used for home, or small office set up. It gives you the ability to connect to multiple ISPs and improves performance by minimizing latencies and maximizing bandwidth utilization.

  • It has 2GE WAN ports and a USB WAN modem port allowing up to 3 WAN connections.
  • With its various logarithms, you have options of controlling the outbound rules on the WAN connections, with default auto-failover.
  • It gives various bandwidth control options as well as email notifications, and health checks on the WANs connected in case of any issue.
  • It Can support up to 60 users making ideal for any home and small office set up.
  • Allows VPN setup which can achieve up to 60Mbps throughput. The recommended users on the VPN network is about 15, which is ok for remote working and security of data via public networks.
  • Bandwidth bonding is not supported on this model hence may not be as fast in video streaming and VPNs in case you are utilizing multiple WAN connections

 

 

Peplink Balance 20  Multi-WAN Router
 

 

 

Cradlepoint E300-C18B Router

 

With 5G technology operation taking shape, this 5G router can be utilized to combine multiple ISPs to improve performance. Ideal for a small office use, typically up to 50 users.

  • The Wi-Fi antennas are internal hence the only way to improve the indoor Wi-Fi coverage would be through access points via LAN network.
  • Has external cellular antenna with order 4x4 MIMO. The router also supports 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi 6.
  • Provides a throughput of up to 940Mbps and a VPN throughput of up to 400Mbps.
  • Has 5 GE ports plus 1 SFP+ port which can be used interchangeably as WAN or LAN. It also has an embedded LTE modem and an expansion slot for an MC400 Modem.
  • Does not support rack mounting.

 

 Cradlepoint E300-C18B Multi-WAN Router

 

 

Peplink Balance Two

 

With the Fan less feature, the Peplink TWO provides a quiet but a high performing multi-WAN router ideal for small and even large enterprise given it can support up to 150 users. It gives you the ability to connect to multiple ISPs and improves performance by minimizing latencies and maximizing bandwidth utilization.

  • It has 2GE WAN ports and 1 USB port for 4G LTE modem enabling support of up to 3 WAN connections.
  • It has a high throughput, up to 1Gbps. The VPN connection and speedfusion connection throughput is up to 150Mbps. The speedFusion is available as an optional add-on.
  • Downside: it is costly. Also, while it can run quiet, its fan less design makes it unsuitable for areas that can get hot and especially with high load.
  • Its power consumption is also high-40W.

 

 Peplink Balance Two Multi-WAN Router

 

 

 

Cisco RV340W

 

This Dual Gigabit WAN port and a VPN router has user friendly user interface for easy set up. It offers various encryption for better VPN security as well as load balancing for reliable connection. It is an ideal option for small offices.

  • It has 2 GE WAN ports and 2 USB port that support 4G modems (check out compatibility here for mobile USB broadbands). This allows up to 4 WAN connections. Includes 4 Gigabit ethernet for LAN connectivity.
  • With the USB 4G modems, it is possible to improve the signal reception for areas with poor signals.
  • It has integrated 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi for mobile devices.
  • Has high TCP throughput, up to 900Mbps hence improving network performance.
  • Provides various QoS such as WAN policing, WAN bandwidth, Traffic classes, and WAN queuing.
  • It supports link aggregation. However, it only supports static aggregation and not LACP which would allow for automatic failover and mitigate configuration errors.

 

Cisco RV340W
 
 
 

 

DrayTek Vigor2926Lac

 

Vigor2926 series is a Dual-Ethernet WAN router. Ideal for home and small office setups it supports VPN, advanced routing rules, content filtering, and bandwidth management. This provides an integrated solution to build a reliable and secure network. Its price is also pocket friendly.

  • 2 GE WAN ports with 1 fixed and the other switchable between and WAN/LAN. Also has 2 USB ports for 4G LTE modem. This feature makes this router to support up to 4 WANs.
  • Load balancing features gives you the ability to create ratios for the WAN connections in terms of usage, as well as dedicating specific WAN for certain websites.
  • It has 4 dedicated LAN ports that allows for AP management as well as hotspot portal for easy client management.
  • Throughput up to 900Mbps
  • VPN throughput up to 80Mbps
  • The Lac model supports Wi-Fi.

 

 Draytek Vigor 2926

 

 

 

Table: Specs Comparison

                                                                                  

Peplink Balnace 20              

Peplink Balane TWO            

Cradlepoint E300-C18B                          

Cisco RV340W        

DrayTek Vigor2926Lac 

GE WAN Connections

2

2

5(LAN/WAN interchangeable)

2

2

Embedded Modem

x

x

1

x

USB Port

1

1

1

2

2

Load-balancing and failover

yes

yes

 yes

 yes

yes

Bandwidth Bonding

no

Yes(optional)

 -

 -

 -

Stateful Throughput

150Mbps

1Gbps

940Mbps

900Mbps

900Mbps

IPsec VPN throughput

60Mbps

150Mbps

400Mbps

 -

80Mbps

Recommended Users

1-60

20-150

50

 -

 -

Rack Mountable

Yes

 -

x

 yes

yes

Wi-Fi interface

x

x

yes

yes

yes

External Cellular Antennas

x

x

4

x

yes 

External Wi-Fi Antennas

x

x

x

Yes(Fixed)

yes