How to combine internet connections on Windows 10
Let’s say you have two routers from two different ISPs and want to combine their bandwidth. Or, have a wireless and LAN network from two different sources and want them working as one. Well, that’s doable and it can come quite handy.
Possibilities are not limiting, but we the result is always the same: faster connection. There are various ways to do it, to combine two internet connections on Windows 10. We made sure to list them below, along with some explanations.
How to combine 2 internet connections on Windows 10
Method 1 – Use system resources
The first method to combine two internet connections requires no third-party software nor specific hardware. With a couple of tweaks, you can combine two separate internet connections or, alternatively, bridge them. So, there are actually two methods which can be used on any Windows computer to merge two connections in one.
The first method refers to avoiding the metric value computing done by the system. What does this mean? Well, if you have two connections at the same time, Windows will use the automatic metric value to determine what connection is more efficient and stick with it.
The second connection will stay as a backup, in case the primary disconnects or significantly drops down on metrics.
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Here’s what you need to do to make it work:
- In the Windows Search bar, search for and open Control Panel.
- Choose Network and Internet.
- Open Network and Sharing Center and select Change adapter settings.
- Right-click on your active internet connection and open Properties.
- Highlight Internet Protocol TCP/IP Version 4 and click Properties.
- Click Advanced.
- Uncheck the Automatic metric box and enter 15 in the Interface metric field.
- Confirm changes and repeat this for all connections.
- Disconnect both connections and reboot your PC.
- Connect both connections and look for improvements.
The second method applies only to two LAN/WAN connections and it basically bridges both connections for dual-bandwidth. Here’s how to set it up:
- Navigate to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.
- Press and hold CTRL and click both connections to highlight them.
- Right-click on one of the connections and choose Bridge Connections.
Method 2 – Use Connectify Hotspot
Sometimes (read: often) system resources won’t comply and you’ll get stuck with a third-party app. Using a non-system software for something as simple as this might come off a bit strange, but a lot of users weren’t able to utilize neither of two ways from the first method.
They decided to resort to a third-party app. If that’s the case with you as well, we can recommend Connectify Hotspot as a go-to tool for the job.
Connectify is an all-in-one tool for wireless hotspots, range-extension, and connection bridging. The application is rather intuitive and simple to configure and use. In this case, instead of standard Routed access, we’ll go for a Bridged one to combine two internet connections.
A couple of years ago, there were two separated applications — Connectify Hotspot and Connectify Dispatch, but now everything comes in one app. Of course, this is an advanced option so a free version won’t cut it. You’ll need a MAX version in order to run it.
Here’s how to download, install, and configure the Connectify Hotspot in order to bridge two internet connections:
- Download Connectify Hotspot, here.
- Run the installer.
- Add all your connections and choose the Bridge mode under the Network Access.
- That’s it! You’ve just unlocked a full potential of all your connections combined in one hotspot.
Method 3 – Try with a load-balancing router
Finally, if your workflow requires a reliable and stable connection, the most secure way to combine two (or even several) connections is with a Load Balancing Router. These come in all shapes and forms, some even offered by various ISPs. The TP-link-ones are the most affordable, but you can go with Cisco or UTT. It depends on your needs and budget.
Once you’ve acquired a load-balancing router, the procedure is rather simple. Just use WAN/LAN to merge multiple connections. There might be a few minor things to do, configuration-wise, but you should be good to go in a matter of minutes. The important thing to remember is that IP addresses can’t be the same for the router and the internet connections you’re merging.
With that said, we can conclude this article. In case you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.
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