What is channel bonding?

A computer is able to connect to just one Ethernet network at a time. Similarly, it can only connect to one WiFi network. If you have both a WiFi network and an Ethernet network, you have to choose between the two you want to use. The same is true if you have multiple wireless and wired networks; you can only select one to connect to.

If your network supports multiple transmissions, you can usually get a higher distance from the connection by a method called channel connection.

channel connection

Channel connection

Channel connection can be done with Ethernet connections, or with WiFi connections. The channels that the network transmits over, usually the 2.5Ghz channels, from two different networks are connected. A user is still connected to one network but with the channels connected, the user gets a faster connection.

Unable to connect channel to computer. It doesn’t matter if you are using a Windows or a Mac system. A channel connection depends on factors that have nothing to do with a computer, and everything to do with the structure of your network.

Routers / modems supported

To channel the connection, your router / modem must support multiple upload and download connections coming from a single connection. To find out if, look up its specifications online. If your router does not support a channel connection, you will need to replace it.

Supported network cable

Your ISP must support channel connectivity as well; this means it should be able to upload and download multiple links over a single connection. Most ISPs can provide multiple connections but they cost more.

Network and modem compatibility

In addition to both the network and the modem supporting channel connection on an individual level, their configurations need to be compatible with each other. If you want to know about the channel connection requirements for your ISP, ask them about it. They will tell you the number of download and upload channels it supports, and give them your link.

You then need to check if your router supports those channels.

Advantage of channel connection

A network connection can receive and transmit data over different networks. Most users stick to the 2.4Ghz network. Channels can get congested at peak times and that’s where channel connections come in. It allows users to export data on all available channels instead of one. This gives you a faster connection, or a stable and consistent connection speed during peak hours.

Do I need a channel link?

Channel connection is not a must have. End users can do it with a fast internet connection however, if you plan to consume HD or 4K media like that from Comcast or Xfinity, you need a channel connection.

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