The Portabella is a 3G bonding device with Broadband Bonding technology that provides cost effective portable Internet access for mobile and temporary deployments.
When peered with Portabella Server (optional), Portabella provides uplink and downlink bonding for any protocol between a mobile location and the host office via bonding together multiple cellular wireless Internet access cards for increased performance and reliability. Portabella aggregates the capacity of as many as four USB based cellular data cards providing increased access bandwidth in both uplink and downlink directions for the communication link to the host office. The Portabella Server will also act as a transparent proxy, enabling the Portabella with a bonded connection out to the public Internet. Alternatively, Portabella when used with the Broadband Bonding Service subscription, will enable uplink/downlink bonding without requiring any Portabella Server device as the Portabella Server will be hosted by Mushroom Networks as part of the Broadband Bonding Service.
Portabella portable Internet access device has 2 models and both models support 3G bonding and 4G bonding. The standard Portabella 141 is ideal for indoor use and the industrial and ruggedized Portabella 141i is ideal for mobile or portable deployments. The PortaBella has 4 USB based ports for cellular wireless data cards. The 10/100baseT Ethernet based LAN port connects to the local network or devices at the mobile location. With the optional battery pack, the ultra portable Portabella is the fastest available mobile wireless Internet access available today.
For live video uplink over bonded 3G / 4G wireless data cards, please check out our Teleporter solution which integrates Mushroom's bonding technology that is optimized for live video streaming. For video streaming over bonded 3G / 4G wireless data cards to a video server or CDN for webcasting applications, please check out our Streamer solution.
Downlink/uplink bonding in peered mode - Portable Internet access is achieved via 3G bonding. Portabella bonds Internet access lines (3G bonding / 4G bonding) for all types of traffic (including encrypted traffic such as VPN) for aggregated downlink and uplink capacity when peered over the Internet with Truffle Server device located at the headquarter office or data center. For single office setups optional Broadband Bonding Service subscription enables downlink/uplink bonding without requiring any BBNA devices at the headquarter office or data center.
Aggregated downlink capacity in standalone mode - When not peered with another BBNA device, all HTTP downlink sessions use the aggregated bandwidth of the combined Internet access links, even in the case of a single HTTP session. For non-HTTP downlink sessions and all uplink sessions, PortaBella provides session-based intelligent load balancing across the access links in standalone mode.
Link failure recovery & link failover - In case of Internet access line failures, the PortaBella keeps the ongoing sessions alive by retransmitting the lost packets over the available access lines, even for the sessions in progress, without loss of data integrity. Additionally automatic failover protects against failures of one or more access link outages. This provides the most reliable portable Internet access.
Advanced QoS algorithms - All traffic routed through the PortaBella is intelligently managed to prioritize real-time traffic. Additionally a unique set of proprietary algorithms are implemented to improve real-time traffic latency metrics. For uplink streaming video applications, please check out our video product line.
DNS load balancing for inbound requests - PortaBella BBNA can be easily configured to provide Dynamic DNS load-balancing for inbound requests for internally hosted servers such as web-server, ftp-server, mail-server etc.
Transparent installation - The existing Local Area Network does not require any changes. No coordination, new equipment or software is needed from the Internet Service Provider(s). A remotely accessable browser-based management interface provides quick and easy configuration and system monitoring.
Additional features include: DHCP server (can be turned off), state-full firewall (can be turned off), port forwarding, DMZ, UPnP support and others.
1. Can I stream video with Portabella, the 3G bonding router?
No, PortaBella by itself will not enable video streaming without the additional modules required for video streaming. Teleporter is our turnkey solution for live video streaming. Teleporter is ideal for live video streaming and broadcasting applications. For webcasting, please refer to our Streamer solution.
2. Other than implementing bonding for the communication between the main office and mobile office, will PortaBella accelerate the Internet traffic at the mobile office?
Yes. PortaBella will bond all HTTP based downlink traffic for accelerated Internet traffic. PortaBella can also be configured to funnel all Internet traffic through the Bonding Proxy Appliance unit at the main office to enable bonded speed for the mobile location. This enables the fastest possible portable Internet access by 3G bonding.
For scenarios where there is no Mushroom Bonding Proxy Appliance unit in the main office that the PortaBella can peer to, PortaBella can peer with Bonding Proxy Appliances hosted by Mushroom Networks in their data centers. This optional subscription service - Broadband Bonding Service will enable PortaBella with bonded uplink and downlink Internet.
In case PortaBella operated in standalone mode (i.e. it does not peer to a Truffle unit at the data center nor to a server in Mushroom Networks operated data center), PortaBella will provide bonded http downlink traffic and will implement intelligent session based load-balancing for other traffic types.
3. Let's say I have 4 cellular data modems with 1Mbps downlink speed and 250Kbps upload speed each, after I install the Bonding Proxy Appliance in my main office and PortaBella in the mobile location, how fast will I be able to download/upload files?
PortaBella at the mobile locations with 4 cellular data cards will be able to upload with 4 x 250Kbps = 1000Kbps and download with 4 x 1 Mbps = 4 Mbps, providing a very fast and reliable portable Internet access. PortaBella can provide aggregate throughputs of up to 35Mbps with its unique 3G bonding technology.
4. How many cellular/wireless interfaces does the PortaBella BBNA support?
PortaBella has 4 built-in USB ports.
5. What types of addresses does PortaBella support?
BBNA supports DHCP, PPPoE and static IPv4 addresses assigned from your ISP. The PortaBella BBNA can be configured appropriately through the web-based management interface. In the case of a static address, the LAN port of the PortaBella BBNA can be connected to a switch, and devices connected to the switch can be publicly addressed from the Internet through their statically assigned IP addresses. By default, however, the PortaBella BBNA uses DHCP to obtain a dynamic IP address on each Internet access line.
6. Is the PortaBella BBNA designed to be compatible with my existing LAN equipment such as routers, switches and firewalls?
Yes. Any LAN interface on the PortaBella BBNA simply replaces the Ethernet port on a DSL modem or cable modem, in an existing LAN configuration with only one Internet access line.
7. Do I need to order anything special from my ISP to use the PortaBella BBNA?
No, Portabella's 3G bonding technology is transparent to the ISPs. PortaBella is a stand-alone product that does not require any special software, hardware, or configuration from the ISP.
8. Does the BBNA offer DHCP service on the LAN interface?
The DHCP server is enabled by default, but may be disabled, or configured to use a certain range which will not conflict with statically configured devices on your LAN.
9. Will I need to reconfigure my existing network to install the PortaBella BBNA?
No. The PortaBella BBNA supports a "Pass Through" mode of installation, for which no changes are required to the existing office data network. No changes to firewall settings or IP address re-assignment is required with the Pass Through mode. The Pass Through mode was designed to accomodate existing local office networks which fomerly had a single WAN connection to the Internet. In the Pass Through mode, the PortaBella BBNA is installed in-line between the legacy WAN modem and the legacy firewall/gateway router. The PortaBella BBNA is configured in this case by entering the IP address of the legacy WAN modem and the IP address of the legacy firewall/gateway router through the web-based BBNA Management Interface. Additional WAN modems can be plugged in to the PortaBella BBNA for enhanced performance and reliability on an as-needed basis, and will automatically be available to the legacy data network in the office.
10. Besides the Broadband Bonding®, does PortaBella BBNA also provide inbound DNS load-balancing?
11. Does the PortaBella BBNA support port forwarding?
Yes; port forwarding on the PortaBella BBNA is configurable through the web-based management interface.
12. Do I need the "Broadband Bonding Service" subscription with my BBNA device?
No. All BBNA devices will provide http downlink bonding and load-balancing for uplink and non-http traffic without requiring the monthly Broadband Bonding Service. Broadband Bonding Service will however provide additional bonding capability enabling bonding for all protocols in uplink and downlink.
13. Is Portabella also a 4G bonding router?
Yes, Portabella has 3G bonding software as well as 4G bonding software built-in. Portabella is a very versatile portable internet access device.
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