Redundancy in your Network Connection for Trading

December 9th, 2008

As I saw my internet connection go sour right at the open today (wasn’t completely down but VERY VERY slow), all my automated trades didn’t see the light of day because of the delay.

This got me thinking again about adding a DSL line to the house for redundancy in the event this happens again. As I’m sure you’re aware, the cost of not trading can be quite substantial, so it makes economic sense to put some thought into a backup plan. There are somewhat reasonably price routers
out there that are able to load balance and provide automatic redundancy between two internet connections, but I’m not sure how reliable they are judging from some of the review comments on Amazon.

Any traders out there have a set up like this? How is it working? Are you using a fancy load balancing router or do you manually switch over in the event of an outage?

1 Comment »

  1. Rajiv Said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

    To deal with the issue of a potentially unstable Internet connection. I use a VPN ,virtual private network. I get t1 speeds. I run amibroker connected to ib for my autotrading. It works well and I have yet to have any downtimes. But my trading is not very high frequency. And the price is not bad.
    Rajiv

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