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Peplink Balance 30 Load Balancing 3G/4G Router
[BPL-031]

This router was easy to configure and does exactly what it says it will do. I have tested it using both DSL WAN and 3G modems on the USB interface and fail-over in both directions works flawlessly. The firmware upgrade was a nice surprise in that it added excellent real-time statistics reporting. I have used this router both in front of and behind another VPN router using DHCP without issues. I did have an unresolved problem getting a Linksys WRT160N router behind it working in a double-NAT configuration but had no problems getting a Cisco 891 router to operate the same way, so I must have done something wrong with the Linksys unit. I also was able to configure port-forwarding using a Slingbox that worked well to work around the problem that the Slingbox uses the same default IP address as the DSL modem. One minor inconvenience I had with this router is that the automated configuration utility for the Slingbox has a list of popular routers that it supports of which this less-popular Peplink unit is not included, so manual configuration was necessary and this is probably true of many other manufacturers who supply router configuration information for their products only for more popular routers. Finally, I should mention that I have not yet tried to use the load-balancing feature on this router as I have not yet installed the cable modem for 3-way WAN. It also worked well using a Netgear 3G router with a U720 card plugged into the WAN2 port instead of the on-board USB port. My final configuration is multiple switches and access points plugged into the LAN ports on this router as well as a single VPN router uplinked into it. All in all I am very happy that this router does exactly what it is supposed to do at a good price, has been rock-solid stable, has excellent administrative and surprisingly good reporting tools.
Date Added: 10/12/2011 by John C. (Raleigh, NC)

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