So this is going to be a basic question but more to confirm my thoughts.
If we run a second ISP line to WAN 2 and load balance will we be able to utilize the full 2GB? I know that a speed test will not show it but want to insure we get the full download when we hit heavy downloads.
No. The MX100 is not physically capable of 2gbps. Refer to the MX sizing guide if you're spec'ing for a 2Gbps aggregate service (Hint: MX250 or MX450).
Your premise is correct - you would be able to balance and utilise the bandwidth across both lines.
However as @jdsilva pointed out, you will be prevented by the throughput available on the MX100 of approx 650 - 750 Mbps depending on your configuration.
Its worth noting you have a few options with the load balancing, you can use both lines together or you can use one as a failover, which may be more suitable given the hardware you have.
To ensure balancing and failover work correctly its important to set the line speeds in SD-WAN & Traffic Shaping. Below is a shot from an MX100 configured with two lines.
Some good pointers here in the Load Balancing & Traffic Shaping documentation
Its weird and i've been wondering about this. The MX 64 et all are software limited along with the Z3 it seems. The Z1 and MX100 seem to outperform.
Does your experience mirror mine?
So I have seen excellent results with the 100. From what I have heard from others as well the MX line seems to be well above the expectations set in the white papers. Maybe Meraki is being super conservative on numbers. I just know it's been well above expectations.
HI, we would like to load balance/failover using 2 x MX100's via two separate ISP's. Is this possible ??
I have used Radware load balances in the distant dark ages and this was one of their key functions. I am hoping the MX can do the same by using a virtual IP shared across both units with intelligence to perform load balancing via the separate ISP's.