May 16 2017

Peplink-Balance One 600Mbps Dual-WAN Router with Dual-Band Wi-Fi 11ac (BPL-ONE)

In this article I talk about the Peplink-Balance One 600Mbps Dual-WAN Router with Dual-Band Wi-Fi 11ac (BPL-ONE), load balancing router that I purchased in Amazon, and I redirected to Brazil via Shipito. This was the 18th time that I used the services of the Shipito, Browse other purchases.

Motivation

As well as the vast majority of services in Brazil, Internet services are also typically expensive and bad. It's always been that way, probably always will be. While in the civilized world already dominated by fiber-optic connections to high-bandwidth, in Brazil the most are still connections with outdated technology, low bandwidth and high price.

In Brazil only a few major centers offer high optical fiber bandwidth, and yet only in neighborhoods more Noblemen and with high price. And by high bandwidth I mean 100 Mbps or more.

When the Internet came to Brazil were still State-owned telephone companies. To have a phone line had to get in line and wait years for some expansion on the network. Privatization brought a great improvement in the availability of phone line and finally emerged some data services, but the latter have never been widely available.

We exchanged a State monopoly by a cartel of private companies. It got better, but still well off the mark. The excessive bureaucracy and taxes prevent other companies from trying to enter the market. And even large companies can't expand because of the high cost of infrastructure, What is also blamed on bureaucracy and taxes.

And in this scenario all I am. First contact with the Internet in 1996. Lived in small town, without access provider. Or BBS had over there. So, to access the Internet by dial-up line of 56 Kbps I needed to do long distance call. Just not pay provider because I worked in an institution that owned a, but the expensive was the phone.

It was like this for a few years until a local provider and the links were places. Then came some quick experiments with providers 0800 that didn't last long. Por fim, the Internet radio providers. 128 Kbps, great instability, just upload that strangely was not limited and I could use the link provider's own.

Then I switched to a medium-sized town, where I had ADSL 600 Kbps up 2 Mbps of Telefónica (tonight Alive), and 10 Mbps cable Net. Studying and working out, I used dial-up line again until first World Internet in Canada.

In my current residence came back suffering with Internet connections via radio, a big step backwards. It was just what I had, 3 or 4 companies, all bad! Paid by 5 Mbps, the best plan among all providers, but with such interference was common to receive only half of it. Upload only 500 Kbps.

The NET comes close and for years promises to expand and cable Street, but never left the promise. Alive came with phone, but never had available port on DSLAM for ADSL connection.

Until a couple of years, finally came a small fiber-optic provider. Plans of 5 a 20 Mbps. No big deal, but it's much better than radio. Closed with them, great improvement, more stability, less latency. Initially 10 Mbps, today 15 Mbps. Upload 2 Mbps.

But eventually this provider wouldn't let me in his hand. Truck passing with height above the limit and bursts with optical fiber is a common phenomenon. Eventually equipment malfunctioned. It, How is Brazil, eventually bandits cut the fiber on purpose to rob the next team do the repair, aware that the equipment that makes the fiber optic Fusion has high cost.

The interruptions are usually not long, but on one occasion one of them lasted 2 days. It was enough for me to see that I could not trust this provider only. My job requires Internet, many times I have deadlines to meet and work at home.

Previously I was using dial-up as a contingency, but currently, with a landline of course (CMDA technology), even with that I can tell. Moreover, I don't know if there are still those free dial-up Internet providers. Probably no more. It was time to look for a second provider.

I tried to Live and they said the Internet was now available (doors of customers who cancelled the arrival of fibre-optic provider?). But twice Alive sold Internet + Phone, in your traditional sale married, but installed only the phone and then claimed that the Internet was not available.

Complaining on the site Consumidor.gov.br managed the installation of Internet, initially 4 Mbps 600 Kbps upload. But the measurements it was possible to migrate up to the plan of 10 Mbps, However the Alive alleged that it was not possible to. New complaint on the site and got the 10 Mbps, with upload yet 600 Kbps.

Today the upload should be 1 Mbps, but I live alone puts the information on the website and no one in attendance, even technicians, are able to make the necessary changes in the profile of the DSLAM. Have been many complaints, but at most send a technician who speaks “I tested your phone, is operating”. Ultimately, still unsolved…

But the fact is that I finally had two providers. Both bad, both can't help believing, both eventually are unavailable, but at least it never happened the two become unavailable at the same time.

Of course it would be a waste to let a provider stopped only in case of failure, especially since the two similar bandwidth (15 Mbps and 10 Mbps). My idea has always been to use both at the same time, making load balancing, whenever both were working.

As my router ASUS RT-AC68U has Dual WAN option, I figured it's just activate it, enable load balancing and be happy. But it wasn't like that. The Asus firmware is quite stable, does a good job of QoS with the DPI engine from TrendMicro, has a good WiFi signal, but unfortunately the part of Dual WAN is still unstable and full of bugs.

I tried to live and work around the bugs, but I couldn't. Alternative firmwares also not solved the problem. The firmware Asuswrt-Merlin is great, improves a lot in relation to the original, keeping the same interface. But the author does not touch on the Dual WAN, that is complicated and poorly documented. So it have the same problems of the original firmware.

Another alternative that I tried was the Tomato (Tomato by Shibby and AdvancedTomato), but also had no success. The Dual WAN works, but the router let all the equipment without connection after work for a day or two. Don't have enough stability. Gave up on him too.

Despite the option of Dual WAN be present in firmware from Asus for years, She never put that feature in the specifications and highlights of your routers, because you're probably aware that the feature does not work well. And let this functional feature doesn't seem to be the focus of them, because it should not be many home users that use two providers.

I bought another router, at TP-Link TL-R470T+ Load Balance Broadband Router. He's reasonable in load balancing, but falls short in other features. To make matters worse, has a bug that affects the interface after a few days of use. TP-Link is aware there are times, but can't fix.

After more than a year of many attempts I decided it was time to move on to some more professional solution. After searching a lot I was between two options: a micro PC to run the pfSense and the Peplink-Balance One 600Mbps Dual-WAN Router with Dual-Band Wi-Fi 11ac (BPL-ONE). I ended up opting for the second on account of the various reviews positive I read about him.

The choice of Peplink-Balance One

A Peplink- It's not a very well-known company. Its products also are not cheap. Most of them are geared towards large enterprises. She has a whole line of load balanced routers. And load balancing is the strong point of her. On this line there is the Peplink-Balance One, geared for small offices.

The Peplink-Balance One of course doesn't have all the features of more expensive models, but the same wheel firmware and has many advanced features, including virtually all I need. And load balancing is as robust as in the more expensive models.

There are two versions of Peplink-Balance One, a complete with WiFi, and to Core version, without WiFi. They cost $ 499,00 e US$ 399,00, respectively. Are more expensive than good home routers. Are much more expensive than the TP-Link routers of life. But if you solve my problem will be worth it.

I had read that the WiFi is not the Peplink-Balance One. He has no external antennas. The range is somewhat limited. I intend to continue using the WiFi of ASUS RT-AC68U, but I ended up choosing the version with WiFi anyway, just because it's better to have a resource and don't use than to need and not have resource. The WiFi is in the IEEE 802.11 ac, the latest, and operates in two bands simultaneously: 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz.

The Peplink-Balance One has 2 Gigabit Ethernet WAN, 8 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and a USB port, where you can connect a modem 3 g/4 g to keep the connection even if both wired providers fall. Note that you can upgrade to turn up 3 LAN ports in WAN ports, to support up to 5 Wired providers. The upgrade currently costs $ 100,00 and the release is done in firmware.

The total flow rate offered is 600 Mbps. In fact he gets a even greater flow, but in some specific networks, with Apple computers, users reported that the flow is less. As the Peplink-still haven't found solution to the problem, decided to change the specification. I found an honest attitude. Works for me, I wish I could use all the 600 Mbps…

Among other highlights, the Peplink-Balance One has support for VLANs, 7 load balancing algorithms, IPsec/L2TP VPN functionality/PPTP, QoS, bandwidth monitoring and control and web filter. The power consumption is 15W and the guarantee of 1 year.

Purchase on Amazon via Shipito

In Brazil cannot find Peplink-routers. Moreover, the options of routers in Brazil are very limited. So, opted for purchase on Amazon, sending to my address in Shipito, Oregon tank to avoid taxes of California and Nevada. The shipping to Brazil was with the USPS Priority Mail. It is worth noting that, for the first time, a Shipito put the value of freight in customs form. With that I had to pay taxes on the value of freight.

I complained to the Shipito, but they said that it is rule of the USPS and you can't send without the value of the declared shipping. I don't doubt anything that doesn't have the dirty finger internal revenue service of Brazil. It is worth noting that the Irs check at the airport of the Galleon was invasive. Opened the box to see if the content was really a router. It is unfortunate that, in a country where drugs and weapons enter easily through the unprotected borders, There is an effort so great in legitimate foreign tax buy.

Box with the Peplink-Balance One

Box with the Peplink-Balance One

Box with the Peplink-Balance One

Box with the Peplink-Balance One

Invasive verification in the box with the Peplink-Balance One

Invasive verification in the box with the Peplink-Balance One

Purchase made in 13/02/2017, delivered to the Shipito in 21/02/2017, using the free shipping. This are the shipping costs and the services of Shipito:

Package processing fee$2.00
Sending$59.36
Secure$3.00
Total$64.36

These are the package trace information from Oregon to me, provided by USPS:

DATE & TIMESTATUS OF ITEMLOCATION
March 16, 2017, 10:56 at theDeliveredBRAZIL
Your item was delivered in BRAZIL at 10:56 am on March 16, 2017.
March 15, 2017, 4:43 pmAttempted Delivery – Item being held, addressee being notifiedBRAZIL
March 8, 2017, 7:12 pmCustoms clearance processing completeBRAZIL
March 8, 2017, 7:12 pmProcessed through FacilityRIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
March 3, 2017, 9:30 at theHeld in CustomsRIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
March 3, 2017, 9:29 at theProcessed Through FacilityBRAZIL
February 27, 2017, 9:18 at theDepartedRIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
February 26, 2017, 9:58 pmDepartedHOUSTON, UNITED STATES
February 26, 2017, 12:43 at theDepartedSAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES
February 25, 2017, 7:14 pmArrivedSAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES
February 25, 2017, 8:15 at theProcessed Through FacilityISC SAN FRANCISCO (USPS)
February 25, 2017, 8:15 at theArrived at FacilityISC SAN FRANCISCO (USPS)
February 21, 2017, 3:51 pmArrived at USPS FacilityPORTLAND, OR 97218
February 21, 2017, 2:36 pmAccepted at USPS Origin FacilityTUALATIN, OR 97062

These are the package trace information from Oregon to me, provided by the post office:

16/03/2017
10:55
Delivered to the addressee object
15/03/2017
16:42
Awaiting removal object at the address indicated
To remove it, It is necessary to inform the object code.
AC [REMOVED] – Post Office
[REMOVED]
15/03/2017
10:28
[REMOVED]/ SP
Object forwarded
distribution unit [REMOVED] / SP for post office in [REMOVED] / SP
13/03/2017
14:29
INDAIATUBA / SP
Object forwarded
Operating unit in INDAIATUBA / SP for distribution Unit in [REMOVED] / SP
08/03/2017
19:14
RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ
Object forwarded
Distribution Unit in RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ for Operation in INDAIATUBA / SP
08/03/2017
19:12
Object left the International Unit
06/03/2017
11:05
RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ
Object forwarded
Integrated logistics unit in RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ to administrative unit in RFB – TAXED-ISSUE NOTE TAXATION / BR
03/03/2017
09:30
RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ
Object forwarded
Distribution Unit in RIO DE JANEIRO / RJ to administrative unit in Customs Supervision / BR
03/03/2017
09:29
Object received by the post Office of Brazil
25/02/2017
08:15
UNITED STATES /
Object forwarded
from country to UNITED STATES / para País em BRASIL / BR
21/02/2017
14:36
Object posted

The box Peplink-Balance One came inside the box of the Amazon with another portion of air bags. A Amazon still overwrought in the size of packets.

Inside the box of the Peplink-Balance One find router, power supply (plug type A), and a quick guide.

Amazon box with the Peplink-Balance One

Amazon box with the Peplink-Balance One

Peplink-Balance One, on its packaging

Peplink-Balance One, on its packaging

Peplink-Balance One, on its packaging

Peplink-Balance One, on its packaging

Peplink-Balance One, on its packaging

Peplink-Balance One, on its packaging

Peplink-Balance One

Peplink-Balance One

Peplink-Balance One

Peplink-Balance One

Peplink-Balance One

Peplink-Balance One

Peplink-Balance One

Peplink-Balance One

Peplink-Balance power supply One

Peplink-Balance power supply One

Check out this video of unboxing from the Peplink-Balance One and him running after installation:

Installation

I did the installation of the Peplink-Balance One without difficulties. I connected the transceiver optical fiber and the ADSL modem on both WAN ports. Initially I connected the LAN ports 3 switches:

  1. at Easy Smart Gigabit switch 16 Doors TP-Link TL-SG1016DE, that is in my Office next to Peplink-Balance One.
  2. at Tp-Link TL-SG1024DE V2, I got from the TP-Link in an RMA process, replacing the first Easy Smart Gigabit switch 16 Doors TP-Link TL-SG1016DE, and it's in my living room TV. Speak of that RMA soon.
  3. at CORSN CS-1008G, that is in my room.

Furthermore, also connected to the Peplink-Balance One the ASUS RT-AC68U, configured only as WiFi Access Point, taking advantage of the WiFi range is bigger than Peplink-Balance One.

Peplink-Balance One, up and running

Peplink-Balance One, up and running

Peplink-Balance One, up and running

Peplink-Balance One, up and running

The configuration of the Peplink-Balance One It was very quiet. The interface is good and intuitive. Unlike what happens with some professional equipment, any person with basic knowledge in computer networks, that has already configured a home router, be able to set it up without too much difficulty.

On the initial screen we have basic information, as the IPs obtained with each provider and force disconnection button. There is also information about the LAN over WiFi, with option to turn it off and turn it on easily. Por fim, for information about the firmware version used, on-time, CPU load and flow.

Dashboard in the Peplink-Balance One

Dashboard in the Peplink-Balance One

The configuration can be done via a Wizard, What makes it even easier.

Wizard in the Peplink-Balance One

Wizard in the Peplink-Balance One

In the tab “Network” is where we set up many of the main functions of the Peplink-Balance One. Each WAN connection can always be active or as backup. Each connection can be configured to respond or not by Ping requests.

Configuring connection on a Peplink-Balance One

Configuring connection on a Peplink-Balance One

For each WAN port is also possible to assign an IP address within the range in which it operates the modem in bridge mode (“Management IP Address”). So you can access the modem interface. Is the first router that has this option natively. On ASUS RT-AC68U You can also do this, but you have to use a script to do some additional settings.

The Peplink-Balance One You can monitor the health of each connection, so that detects when a provider fell to direct all connections to the other. This check can be made through DNS queries (standard), Ping, or HTTP.

Configuring connection on a Peplink-Balance One

Configuring connection on a Peplink-Balance One

Still on the connection setup screen, You can configure dynamic DNS providers for each connection separately. ChangeIP, DynDNS, and No-IP are supported natively. DNS-O-Matic is also supported, allowing you to use virtually any dynamic DNS provider.

For a long time I used No-IP, but now in the free service they send monthly email to revalidate the account, What requires enter the page, Click on a CAPTCHA. I changed to DuckDNS, you don't have any demands and has worked perfectly.

LAN section you can configure multiple VLANs. I ended up setting up a just for visitors, so that they have access to the Internet but not on my local network. You can also configure DNS cache.

Configuring LAN in the Peplink-Balance One

Configuring LAN in the Peplink-Balance One

Each VLAN can have your own DHCP server and your own subnet. It is also possible to make a reservation using the IPs “DHCP Reservation”, by assigning each IP to a specific MAC address.

Configuring LAN in the Peplink-Balance One

Configuring LAN in the Peplink-Balance One

In “Outbound Policy” You can configure, with enough flexibility, which connection should be used for packets going out to the Internet. Most routers with load balancing only has a simple algorithm round robin where connections will leaving alternately by each provider, proportional to the bandwidth of each. Typically also support persistence for connections from specific IPs, for specific IPs, or for specific ports, but that's all.

The Peplink-Balance One go beyond, are 7 algorithms. Furthermore, You can configure specific rules, Depending on IP, subnet or source MAC, IP, network, or the target domain, application layer protocols and transport, specific ports or port ranges.

Outbound rules in the Peplink-Balance One

Outbound rules in the Peplink-Balance One

With regard to balancing algorithms, “Weighted Balance” corresponds to the balance in accordance with pre-set weights. “Persistence” allows connections that match the criteria (some protocol or specific port) can be configured to maintain the same provider, given the same IP of destination or origin (configurable), avoiding incompatibilities.

By default, the HTTPS protocol (connections made for door 443) uses the persistence. HTTP is a stateless protocol, What is outlined by the servers through the use of cookies. In many sites, only cookies are enough for the server to identify the client. But other sites, the banks for example, also verify that the HTTP login connections come all the same IP, to avoid possible frauds. Therewith, You may want to keep this rule active. But I saw no need to maintain persistence for the source IP, What makes HTTPS connection from the same client out the same provider. For me it was enough to keep the persistence for the destination IP, in other words, all HTTPS connections made to a same destination IP keeps the same port.

Another algorithm is the “Enforced”, that makes connections that meet the criteria to use always the same provider, is it working or not. Less strict is the “Priority”, where connections are made through the active provider that has the highest priority in the list. In this case, If the priority provider falls, the next is used.

Another interesting algorithm is the “Overflow”, that is similar to the “Priority”, However the connection is made through the provider with the highest priority and that is not fully charged. When a provider is saturated, the following connections for the next list provider.

The algorithm “Least Used” direct connections to the provider that is with more bandwidth to download available. This algorithm is particularly interesting, because many times few connections or even a single connection occupy most of the band, and a system round robin do not take this into account.

Por fim, the most interesting algorithm, and which comes configured by default for any connection that does not meet any rules (but can be exchanged for another) is “Lowest Latency”. It, connections are routed to the active connection is with the lowest latency. Check latency packets are sent periodically.

I quite like that last because the connection algorithm with lowest latency typically is less saturated in fact. In my case, If both connections are idle, the fiber optic connection tends to be used, to have a latency less than ADSL. But as soon as the amount of connections starts to increase, fiber optic latency tends to increase and the ADSL connection begins to be used, and a natural balancing going on, with the connections always flowing for the provider whose WAN connection is less saturated.

The algorithm “Lowest Latency” also has the advantage of running even when the provider does not deliver what it promises. For example, It's happened the main link of my fiber optic provider fall. The link of their contingency is slow and that all users are affected. Algorithms that are based on nominal bandwidth would suffer with this, but the algorithm “Lowest Latency” not.

In the section “Port Forwarding” You can open specific ports or port ranges for certain IPs, allowing the use of servers even with NAT. You can redirect specific ports or port ranges. Internal and external door can be different and it is even possible to redirect a range of external ports to another range of internal doors. In this same section can be configured the UPnP and NAT-PMP.

The NAT Mappings is particularly interesting session. It is possible to redirect all traffic from one or more providers for a single IP, in a setting also known as NAT 1:1. This is especially interesting if you need to use another router after Peplink-Balance One, avoiding some problems that occur with the use of double NAT.

Configuring NAT 1:1 the Peplink-Balance One

Configuring NAT 1:1 the Peplink-Balance One

The QoS session of Peplink-Balance One consists of three sub-sections. At first it is possible to divide users into groups, but unfortunately there's only 3 fixed groups: Manager, Staff and Guest. You can't create other. You can do the assignments by IP or subnet.

Assigning equipment to groups in the QoS of the Peplink-Balance One

Assigning equipment to groups in the QoS of the Peplink-Balance One

In the second sub-section, It is possible to establish reserves for each band group. So, If the network is very busy each group has your guaranteed percentage, and as the network is idle any group can occupy the entire bandwidth. The adjustment is done only by percentage and no separate download and upload. Leaves something to be desired.

You can also adjust width download and upload limits for each Member of the Staff and Guest. But the limits are the same for all members to limit the members of the Group Manager. You can't adjust individual guarantees. Left to be desired again.

Adjusting bandwidth control in the Peplink-Balance One

Adjusting bandwidth control in the Peplink-Balance One

The last sub-section allows you to adjust 3 priority levels to specific protocols or ports. A positive point is that the Peplink-Balance One recognizes some application layer protocols, including some streaming video, database, e-mail (POP, SMTP, IMAP), file transfers (FTP, BitTorrent, NFS, SMB, etc.), instant messengers (AIM/ICQ, Jabber, IRC, MSN, Yahoo), remote access (SSH, Remote Desktop, Telnet, VNC), Tunneling (SSL, PPTP, IPSec), VoIP (IAX, MGCP, SIP and Skype) and other. You can create additional rules based on ports or ranges of ports and protocols of the transport layer.

You can also give different priorities for implementation by group. I thought this session also left a lot to be desired. Only 3 priority levels is little. There are now many more recent protocols in the list. There is no support for games or Netflix, for example. In the case of games it is even possible to try to identify the ports and add them manually as I did with the Fifa 17. But in the case of Netflix cannot identify just the door, because it uses the doors 80 and 443 as common HTTP and HTTPS connections.

Adjusting priority of applications in the Peplink-Balance One

Adjusting priority of applications in the Peplink-Balance One

In practice, QoS also malfunctions. Don't give, for example, to leave torrents released to use all the bandwidth, even with the Bittorrent protocol set to “low”, because that leaves the Internet all unusable. You can't watch a movie on Netflix not even in lower resolution (240p) without constant crashes.

For comparison, the ASUS RT-AC68U does a great job with QoS. He uses a DPI engine from Trendmicro, that identifies the various protocols, including the latest, like Netflix. The settings are very simple, You can set the priorities of the protocols by category and use the will. With him I can't help torrents released to use the whole band and yet watch a video on Netflix in 1080 p without gagging.

Firewall session, in “Access Rules” You can create inbound rules, internal and output based on protocols, WAN, Source and destination IP. Furthermore, There is an option for intrusion detection and Prevention Of which can be activated.

Access rules in Peplink-Balance One

Access rules in Peplink-Balance One

Still in the Firewall section, There is content lock options, where it is possible to block Adware, Audio and video, Hosting files, P2P and file sharing, pornography, Update sites and WebTV.

Content blocking in the Peplink-Balance One

Content blocking in the Peplink-Balance One

Note that this description deliberately omitted some sections, because they are features that I do not use or leave the default settings.

A negative point Peplink-Balance One is that currently it does not support IPv6, except for one way passthrough that can be activated for one of the providers, so that the network equipment or a second router can get IPv6 directly from the provider. In full 2017 This omission is somewhat strange, but it makes no difference for me because none of my two providers supports IPv6 currently.

Passing to the tab “AP”, It is possible to find the Access Point options. Multiple SSIDs can be created, including attending different VLANs, What makes it possible to create an exclusive network for visitors. You can also control channels, signal strength, among other options.

Setting up WiFi on a Peplink-Balance One

Setting up WiFi on a Peplink-Balance One

Setting up WiFi on a Peplink-Balance One

Setting up WiFi on a Peplink-Balance One

Passing to the tab “System”, in the option “Admin Security” You can control the administrator user name, ports for WEB interface and command line interface (via SSH). It is possible to activate such interfaces only on LAN or over the WAN. Unfortunately it is not possible to configure different ports for LAN and WAN access, which is a bit strange. For example, I might want to access the interface in the standard ports (80, 443, 22, etc.) within the LAN for practicality, but use nonstandard ports over the WAN for security (or because the provider blocks such doors).

Administrative Access settings in the Peplink-Balance One

Administrative Access settings in the Peplink-Balance One

It is worth noting that the command line interface is another weak point of Peplink-Balance One. It is present, but has only basic commands. You can't configure a lot for her. You're a long way from being a complete Linux-based Tomato firmware as in.

In the other options you can check for new firmware, adjust time zone and date and time server, Configure an email to receive notifications, among other options.

Inside of the tools (“Tools”), You can use the Ping from any WAN interface, LAN or VLAN. The same applies to the Traceroute. In the Wake-on-LAN is possible sign to wake up computers on the network that are in standby mode.

And we finally to the tab “Status”, where the option “Device” We see some basic information about the device.

Device status the Peplink-Balance One

Device status the Peplink-Balance One

In “Active Sessions” You can view each connection in progress. The General screen shows the amount of inbound and outbound connections per protocol/application and provider. You can also view and pick up connections per source IP and/or destination, port of origin and/or destination, WAN interface and Protocol.

Verifying active sessions in the Peplink-Balance One

Verifying active sessions in the Peplink-Balance One

Verifying active sessions in the Peplink-Balance One

Verifying active sessions in the Peplink-Balance One

In “Client List” You can view the list of customers with their respective IP assets, download and upload band being used, MAC address, etc. Even in this tab you can also view the list of open ports with UPnP and NAT-PMP and Event Log.

In the session “Bandwidth” You can view graphs of bandwidth usage of each provider and all aggregates. There's also a counter of all traffic used since the installation of the Peplink-Balance One. There are also graphs showing the traffic per hour, daily or monthly, separated by provider or aggregates.

Bandwidth graphs in Real time in the Peplink-Balance One

Bandwidth graphs in Real time in the Peplink-Balance One

Graphs of bandwidth per hour in the Peplink-Balance One

Graphs of bandwidth per hour in the Peplink-Balance One

Daily bandwidth graphs in the Peplink-Balance One

Daily bandwidth graphs in the Peplink-Balance One

Monthly bandwidth graphs in the Peplink-Balance One

Monthly bandwidth graphs in the Peplink-Balance One

Using Peplink-Balance One

As já mencionei, one of the first I found deficiencies in the Peplink-Balance One was the QoS. In my tests it has failed to prioritize the traffic properly, so that I could leave and torrents downloads released and still use services like Youtube, Netflix, VoIP and games without problems.

Other disability which soon found is that when making a great upload, How to upload a video on Youtube, the connection with the provider being used for such a task is useless, with very high latency. Researching this I discovered that I could solve it through a hidden option. Accessing the router with the URL http://192.168.2.1/CGI-bin/mango/support.cgi (change your router's IP), You can access an experimental option, call “[Experimental] Wan Connection Buffer Size”.

By default, each interface has a buffer of 2000 packages. It is quite strange that the Peplink-have used a fixed value and not related to the bandwidth for this pattern. This explains my problems with upload. For this buffer type does not apply the rule of the more the merrier. A general rule is that the buffer has enough data to around 250ms for data transfer. Otherwise a single application can fill the buffer and a new application would have to take a long line to be able to send your data, causing unwanted latencies and breaking the fairness of TCP. If still Peplink-Balance One had a smart algorithm to reorder the queue could be dynamically some value a buffer bigger than 250ms, but that's not the case.

But how much is a buffer from 2000 packets in milliseconds? This depends on the bandwidth of the connection. If I lived in civilization I might have 100 Mbps of upload bandwidth. A package typically has at most 1500 bytes, that is the limit of an Ethernet frame. Well, 2000 packages then would be to 3.000.000 bytes, or 2,86 MBytes, or 22,89 Mbits. A connection of 100 Mbps takes slightly less than 250 Ms to carry that amount of data, then 2000 packages is a good size of buffer for this hypothetical connection.

But, back to the real world, now look at the pitiful case of my connection. Are 2 Mbps and 600 Kbps upload bandwidth, ADSL and fiber provider, respectively. Give way, 2000 packages are 11 seconds and 39 seconds, respectively. It's very buffer! Is too much buffer! Thus, set the values in “Wan Connection Buffer Size” to 40 and 10, respectively, which gives me approximately of 250ms to buffer for each connection. From this change I spent doing uploads on Youtube without sacrificing the other connections.

Of course there's still the question of the download buffer. There is no way to adjust values for the two buffers. Moreover, It wasn't clear to me if the value selected is for each buffer (Download and upload) or to both. Well, a good download buffer is something useful and necessary quick connections, where the bottleneck in a download can be HD speed itself where a file is being saved, for example. In this case, the customer can download the size of the TCP receive window without the data that were already in transit from being lost. But on slow connections like mine, hardly a download buffer would be fully used, because the equipment will probably all consumer data as soon as they arrive. So apparently this won't be a problem.

As the buffer problem solved was left the QoS problem. After about a month trying to find a solution with the Peplink-, I ended up giving up and trying a configuration using the Peplink-Balance One and the ASUS RT-AC68U together. So I can enjoy the best of both worlds, the excellent load-balancing algorithm Peplink-Balance One and the excellent QoS ASUS RT-AC68U. This type of configuration has the potential to cause all sorts of trouble for the double NAT. UPnP and NAT-PMP tend not to work, because they open a port on the router and warn the other innermost part, but this door ends up being exchanged for another in the outermost router NAT, What makes incoming connections.

Happily, on the Peplink-Balance One We can configure a NAT 1:1, where all traffic that arrives at the Peplink-Balance One is redirected to a specific IP on LAN, This is the IP of ASUS RT-AC68U. So, just open the door for applications in ASUS RT-AC68U via UPnP or NAT-PMP, because Peplink- already directs all incoming traffic by default.

This setting has been showing the ideal for me. Torrents work normally with incoming connection. Online games also work perfectly, no connection problems. The Playstation 4 identifies the NAT as Type 2, as if just one of the routers were on the network. It may be that some sort of application still give problem, but of that I use, so far it's all right.

DHCP is the ASUS RT-AC68U and QoS is working perfectly. I can leave my torrents to download and upload released, using all the bandwidth when no other data traveling. But if you can handle watching something on Netflix, quickly the router realizes and gives priority to this traffic, allowing me to watch in flawless 1080 p. The same occurs with online games. Went to unexpected for me, but I was able to play even the Fifa 17 without any noticeable latency or detectable.

Adaptive QoS on Asus RT-AC68U

Adaptive QoS on Asus RT-AC68U

Adaptive QoS on Asus RT-AC68U

Adaptive QoS on Asus RT-AC68U

Now in the LAN ports of the Peplink-Balance One There is only the ASUS RT-AC68U. The three switches I quoted previously are connected to ASUS RT-AC68U.

Peplink-Balance One's current installation

Peplink-Balance One's current installation

Peplink-Balance One's current installation

Peplink-Balance One's current installation

Table-Summary

And this is the purchase summary table:

Product Name:Peplink-Balance One 600Mbps Dual-WAN Router with Dual-Band Wi-Fi 11ac (BPL-ONE)
Name Original:Peplink-Balance One 600Mbps Dual-WAN Router with Dual-Band Wi-Fi 11ac (BPL-ONE)
Store:Amazon
Value:US$ 499,00
Current value:US$ 499,00
Payment Method:Credit Card Visa International
Shipping Type:
  • FREE Super Saver Shipping (Amazon)
  • USPS Mail Priority (Shipito)
Shipping Fee:
  • Free (Amazon -> Shipito)
  • US$ 62,36 (Shipito -> Brazil)
Package Home Country:USA
Purchase Data:13/02/2017 (Amazon)
Submission Date:
  • 18/02/2017 (Amazon -> Shipito)
  • 21/02/2017 (Shipito -> Brazil)
Data Delivery:
  • 21/02/2017 (Amazon -> Shipito)
  • 15/03/2017 (Shipito -> Brazil)
Time in Transit:
  • 3 days (Amazon -> Shipito)
  • 22 days (Shipito -> Brazil)
Declared content:Router
Type Marked Content:Gift
Declared Value:-
Taxed:Yes
Taxable Value:-
Tax Value:-

Final Considerations

At first I was a little frustrated with the Peplink-Balance One because of the problems with the buffer size and QoS. But with adjusting the buffer size and the installation of ASUS RT-AC68U to make the QoS function, the Peplink-Balance One went on to shine.

The load balancing algorithms Peplink-Balance One they really are your strongest point. He can distribute the load of excellent way. Any connection outages are almost always noticeable, Once the Peplink-Balance One realizes quickly the failure and redirects all traffic to the remaining connection. Many times I know the problem by accounts of the warnings I get via email and application for Android.

The Peplink-Balance One is quite stable. I never had to restart it, all changes in settings are applied without requiring restart. The only one I can remember just restart occurring due to a prolonged power outage.

Today I can affirm that the Peplink-Balance One was a good buy. It has its limitations, but apparently there is no other router that could deliver what he, in conjunction with the ASUS RT-AC68U, deliver in my network.

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Jorge Miashike
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Very interesting and detailed your article.

Paulo Ricardo
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a tip skooter
tests the firmware READ (fork of the openwrt and likely replacement) in your router ac68 + mwan3 package for load balancing

Bruno
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Bruno

Very good review, congratulations

Lincoln
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Lincoln

Show de bola the analysis !!!

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