Solutions for aggregating wireless bandwidth continue catching on as users demand higher broadband speeds and more reliable connections. As part of that trend, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia recently deployed Mushroom Networks' Broadband Bonding technology for use by staff and visitors.
Mushroom's Portabella bonding technology can aggregate the capacity of as many as eight USB-based 3G and LTE wireless data cards to create a single, high-speed mobile Internet connection. The State Botanical Garden, located in Athens, Ga., opted for the less-expensive wireless broadband solution rather than a fiber deployment, which would have cost nearly $20,000, said Mushroom, a privately held company headquartered in San Diego.
"After talking with multiple engineers from the Internet service provider here and two mobile carrier companies, we decided cellular data service was really the only way to go, but we knew one wireless data card wouldn't be enough in terms of bandwidth capacity as well as reliability. We needed at least four, and we needed a way to bond them together," said James Gilstrap, IT professional at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.
Companies such as Connectify and Open Garden have also pursued channel aggregation techniques to create fat wireless broadband pipes.
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