What Is The Difference Between Bridging & Bonding?

Bridging and Bonding are often confused with each other. While they may sound similar, they are two very different technologies.

Check out the tutorial showing you how to set up Bridging Mode here.

What is Bonding? Bonding involves the aggregation of multiple Internet connections so that download and upload speeds are added together. If you were to bond a broadband connection of 10Mbps and another connection of 5Mbps you could potentially get a maximum speed of up to 15Mbps. You can even bond smaller connections together; like 3 smaller broadband connections of 3Mbps for speeds up to 9Mbps and so forth. Bonding gives you the ability to achieve a faster connection without having to upgrade to a much more expensive Internet package. Speedify offers bonding, which is why Speedify is an excellent alternative to upgrading your Internet speed.

What is Bridging? Bridging, on the other hand, does not give you the ability to combine your Internet traffic into one faster connection. Instead, bridging is hardware or software that acts as a link between two networks allowing them to act as one. This means devices on two separate networks would be able to “talk” to each other as if they were a part of the same network, but has nothing to do with combining the speeds of two Internet connections. Bridging is one of the features offered in Connectify Hotspot MAX. When Connectify is in Bridge Mode it allows devices on your Hotspot and shared network to communicate with each other directly, without going through a NAT.

In short, when you see bonding think of the word ‘combine’ like how Speedify can combine multiple internet connections into one big connection. And when you see bridging think of the word ‘link’ similar to how Connectify Hotspot acts as a link between the shared network and devices on your Hotspot. 

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