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Bonded DSL Pilot

Please note: As of January 1, 2017, XMission no longer sells DSL services.

Small and growing businesses have a new connectivity option available only from XMission: Bonded DSL. We will accept up to twenty customers for a new pilot program to test this affordable, flexible service. Bonded DSL works best for businesses that don’t want to pay for a dedicated connection, but still require a connection faster than DSL.

Here is how it works: businesses purchase two inexpensive DSL lines and combine their speeds into a single connection using a low-cost appliance developed by PipeDream Networks. This rack-mountable, noiseless appliance allows administrators to easily provision or remove lines from the appliance via a web-interface.

Each pair of bonded connections includes 500 GB of monthly transfer. Eventually, XMission will offer the option to bond up to four DSL lines. Consider this cost comparison:

Bonded DSL
Speed XMission charge Qwest charge Hardware charges Additional lines One-time setup
3 Mbps down/1.7 Mbps up $89/month $75/month or $85/month for standalone $750 one-time (discounted from $1,000 for pilot program) $54/month + additional charges $150 (waived for pilot program)
6-14 Mbps down/ 1.7 Mbps up $113/month $112.50/month or $122.50/month for standalone $750 one-time (discounted from $1,000 for pilot program) $74/month + additional charges $150 (waived for pilot program)
Speed Average cost Average setup fees Hardware costs
1.5 Mbps $385/month for bandwidth and loop $500 one-time $1800 for 1800 series or higher
Optical Ethernet
Speed Average cost Average setup fees
Starting at 5 Mbps $1400/month $1100 one-time

Please note: unlike T1 and Optical Ethernet, Bonded DSL uses consumer-grade bandwidth and does not include a Service Level Agreement (SLA).

If you would like to participate in this new service, please contact Mandy by email or phone: 801.303.0838 (toll-free 1.877.964.7746).



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4 thoughts on “Bonded DSL Pilot

  • Travis says:

    Home users need something like this. Cant get comcast and Qwest only offers 1.5 to my house.

  • Jared says:

    This type of technology is patented by a company called FatPipe Networks. I know that other companies have tried to emulate FatPipe’s technology, and have been put out of business and no longer support the units they sold. Should potential customers be concerned about PipeDream suffering the same fate and not being able to support a product and service with a substantial investment?

  • Mandy G. says:

    This is the response from PipeDream.

    Thank you Jared for posing such an important question.

    We appreciate the opportunity to explain the difference of our technology.
    Let me begin by stating that we are in no way trying to compete with FatPipe. We admire FatPipe’s innovation. We wish to emulate the company in several ways, however we do not wish to try to duplicate any of their many wonderful technologies.

    The truth is that you can, (and probably should) use FatPipe’s load balancing, clustering, VPN, and other technologies in conjunction with our appliance much as you would any other appliance used to connect to the internet via cable, fiber, dsl, or other. The PipeDream appliance simply provides the fastest connection coming into the FatPipe Load Balancer.

    FatPipe’s focus is on redundancy. They accomplish this with load balancing, fault tolerance, VPN, and other methodologies. This provides a high availability environment for mission critical business applications. In a nutshell, if one ISP fails, another is immediately there to keep your companies connection to the internet, and other offices in tact.

    Our appliance simply multiplexes 2 or more DSL circuits into one larger circuit. We do this in a fully transparent manner. This means that no matter what type of data flows over the lines, you will realize the full potential of all circuits simultaneously. The goal of our appliance is to provide a faster single connection to the internet, and to provide a full set of firewall, NAT, and routing capabilities that are accessible by a friendly, easy to use menu.

    Again, thank you for letting us clarify the widely misunderstood difference between load balancing, and multiplexing.

  • @Jared – I dont think theyve patented Bonding, maybe their way of doing it as Xrio have been bonding connections since 2003!