A SOCKS5/HTTP proxy that balances traffic between multiple internet connections.
Works on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
Detailed installation instructions:
You'll need to have Node.JS >= 0.10.0 installed on your system.
$ npm install -g dispatch-proxy
$ npm update -g dispatch-proxy
You often find yourself with multiple unused internet connections, be it a 3G/4G mobile subscription or a free wifi hotspot, that your system wont let you use together with your main one.
For example, my residence provides me with a cabled and wireless internet access. Both are capped at 1,200kB/s download/upload speed, but they can simultaneously run at full speed. My mobile internet access also provides me with 400kB/s download/upload speed.
Combine all of these with
dispatch and a threaded download manager and you get a 2,800kB/s download and upload speed limit, which is considerably better :)
The possibilities are endless:
- combine as many Wi-Fi networks/Ethernet/3G/4G connections as you have access to in one big, load balanced connection,
- use it in conjunction with a threaded download manager, effectively combining multiple connections' speed in single file downloads,
- create two proxies, assign to each its own interface, and run two apps simultaneously that use a different interface (e.g. for balancing download/upload),
- create a hotspot proxy at home that connects through Ethernet and your 4G card for all your mobile devices,
The module provides a simple command-line utility called
$ dispatch start
Start a SOCKS proxy server on
localhost:1080. Simply add this address as a SOCKS proxy in your system settings and your traffic will be automatically balanced between all available internet connections.
$ dispatch -h Usage: dispatch [options] [command] Commands: list list all available network interfaces start [options] start a proxy server Options: -h, --help output usage information -V, --version output the version number
$ dispatch start -h Usage: start [options] [addresses] Options: -h, --help output usage information -H, --host <h> which host to accept connections from (defaults to localhost) -p, --port <p> which port to listen to for connections (defaults to 8080 for HTTP proxy, 1080 for SOCKS proxy) --http start an http proxy server --debug log debug info in the console
$ dispatch start --http
Start an HTTP proxy server listening on
localhost:8080, dispatching connections to every non-internal IPv4 local addresses.
$ dispatch start 10.0.0.0 10.0.0.1
Dispatch connections only to local addresses
$ dispatch start 10.0.0.0@7 10.0.0.1@3
Dispatch connections to
10.0.0.0 7 times out of 10 and to '10.0.0.1' 3 times out of 10.