This article describes the WAN Load Balancing feature of the Datto Networking Appliance (DNA).
- Datto Networking Appliance (DNA)
The WAN Load Balancing feature allows an operator to configure the DNA to use multiple WAN connections for increased throughput, per-WAN load percentages to allow optimal performance in deployments with asymmetric link capacity, and local subnets to prefer either the ISP 1 or ISP 2 interface.
Figure 1: Networks
1. Click the WAN Load Balancing option in the Networks pane.
Figure 2: WAN Load Balancing
2. You will see the configuration card shown in Figure 3.
Select from the following options to configure disable load balancing on your device:
A. Enabled: Select Yes to enable load balancing, or select No to disable it.
B. Load Percentage Balancing: Allows you to specify the total amount of traffic load to pass over each interface. Modifying a single value will cause the second value to adjust automatically.
C. LAN Load Balancing Policy: Allows you to set preferred interfaces for each configured network on the DNA to use. Selected LANs will favor the designated WAN.
- LAN traffic will be simultaneously routed through both WAN interfaces when both are configured and active.
- When either WAN interface is unavailable, the LAN will be routed through the other, non-preferred or secondary, active WAN interface.
- LTE failover will only work when both WAN interfaces are down or unavailable.
- If both WAN interfaces are active, you will see both both active gateway IP addresses in the WAN Details card.
- Traffic shaping and UDS will work in the same manner regardless of which WAN interface the traffic is passed through.
- The maximum throughout for any one traffic flow can not exceed the link capacity of the uplink. Only the aggregate throughout is increased. For example, a single file download won’t go faster, but two separate downloads could, because they are separate flows.