I've learned a bunch about WAN failover, load balancing, and channel bonding. I will try to keep this simple. Channel bonding is where the router combines the bandwidth from the various internet sources (be it 4g, bgan, wifi, satellite etc.). So if you have two 4glte modems each delivering 10 megabits per second, then you have a 20 megabit stream to share via wifi with the onboard devices. Due to the internet-tunneling technology used with channel bonding there are some providers, for instance Netflix, that will not let you use their service. Load balancing is a little different. In the previous example you have one 20 mbps stream. With load balancing you would have two 10 mbps streams and the router manages the traffic roughly equally between the two streams. WAN failover is where the traffic from internet path 1 is automatically routed to internet path two if somethings happens (loss of signal) to path 1. What I would like to be able to offer to my customers is all 3....WAN failover, channel bonding, and load balancing, but these routers are expensive and not sure whether the market will support the price tag for this.
The price I have in my head that I think will be acceptable to the market is in the $1500 range plus monthly usage charges but no yearly contract. I can hit this using a router with wifi for the boat, WAN failover and load balancing, and two 4g/lte modems. Channel bonding adds about 2K to this figure.
Maybe I will offer two products.
Interested in your thoughts.