After working at my new job for a few months I got a bit frustrated by the bad internet and offered to look into it. Since its my first time organising a network I would like to get some feedback before I present my case.
The problem: We have a small office, 6-12 people depending on the day. Sadly there is a monopoly on cable in the building, making slow cable a expensive option. Because the work requires mostly regular internet usage and some document storage in the cloud (sharepoint, so most files are also on disk) and the team used to be smaller, the decision was made to use 4G cellular internet.
So the status quo is 2 different 4G cellular connections, both with a different wifi. Every now and then the connection will slow to practically zero, causing everyone to switch until the problem happens on the other connection.
Now the proposed solution was to buy another 4G connection + wifi hotpot, which in my opinion only complicates and hides the existing problem.
One of the solutions is to bond the connections, using Peplink or mushroom, but these are both quite expensive and probably a bit overpowered.
My proposed solution is to rethink the network structure:
powerful accesspoint, since the ones we have now are having trouble with all the connections (12x phones, laptops, and sometimes tablets). ( the Ubiquiti Unifi AP-AC-Pro was recommended by a friend)
Use a load balancer to balance the load over the 2 connections (maybe a third in the future). Here I was thinking of a TP-Link TL-R470T+, which can handle 4 WAN connections and cost abut 50 euros.
The benefit here would be 1 strong network, allowing everyone to use things like the printer. And more importantly, with the load balancer a more stable connection, without those nasty speed drops.
However, since I don’t have any experience with this, will the load balancer work as I think it will? Are there any snags I didn’t think of?
Also, any hardware recommendations are welcome!