Increasing Data Downloads

Last month, I exceeded the 2GB data limit on my DSL connection by a few hundred MBs and was duly charged for it. After some calculations, I concluded that with an additional 24-hour 56Kbps dialup connection, I could increase the total data downloaded by approximately 12GB per month. That’s about 20 CDs on standard dialup.

An idea that came to my mind was to have my gateway route to different links based on the type of data. With Jim‘s help (as well as David from TLUG and the “Advanced Routing HOWTO”), I now have a system where important SSH traffic and normal web browsing use the faster and more reliable DSL connection while everything else goes over the dialup. Super.