Mushroom Networks, Incorporated, is a San Diego, California-based company with the mission to provide innovative networking solutions to set networks on autopilot. Our products and services are focused on a range of networking solutions for small/medium sized businesses as well as larger enterprises from various industries.
Mushroom Networks products are based on patented Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) and Broadband Bonding® technology developed by our engineering team through extensive research and development.
Mushroom Networks was founded in 2004 as a spin-off from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Our leadership team has over 70 years of collective cutting edge research and development experience in the networking field.
When we started our journey, we were not satisfied with the quality and performance of the Internet services available, both wired as well as wireless. Having been in the research community for decades we knew what was theoretically possible and we were convinced that it was possible to build set-it-and-forget-it type networking solutions. With smarter networking devices that can take care of problems arising from uncontrolled conditions such as cross-traffic, ISP problems etc, the network experience for users and other stakeholders can be significantly improved. Our earlier SD-WAN prototypes created the fastest ever consumer Internet connectivity speeds ever recorded, by being able to aggregate wifi access points in a residential area.
With our passion to make networks function on autopilot, we designed SD-WAN solutions that require minimal human intervention to install and operate, yet are incredibly powerful for customizing your network. Our self-healing overlay tunnels have the ability to detect and intelligently route around unexpected network problems to optimize end-user experience for Internet applications including demanding use cases such as live video broadcasting and other mission critical applications.
Since 2004, Mushroom Networks has been leading the field and perfecting the art of Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) and Broadband Bonding®. We built our SD-WAN from the ground up to meet, and exceed, the needs of today’s enterprise customers including small, medium and large organizations worldwide. We specifically designed it for those of you who want the best.
Mushroom Networks devices are smart, self learning, adaptive and blazingly fast. They come with advanced features that will set your WAN network on autopilot and put your mind at ease. Our Broadband Bonding device features include SD-WAN, Security, Advanced Layer-7 Routing, Monitoring Portal, Dynamic Quality of Service, Deep Packet Inspection and Application Performance Optimization for various flow types including live video streaming, VoIP, video conferencing, file transfers, cloud connectivity and others.
Mushroom Networks’ devices can learn and adapt to work around network problems automatically without human intervention, giving you seemingly magical powers over your network.
A single service provider will limit the reliability and performance of your WAN network to that single line from that single service provider. Each transport has its own advantages and short-comings. Not leveraging multiple transports will limit network performance.
Traditionally, MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) transports are used for intra-office connectivity, as well as connecting branch offices to a backhaul for public clouds and the Internet. MPLS can have its uses, however without augmenting it with DIA bandwidth can be very expensive.
Services connected to private, public or hybrid clouds such as VoIP (Voice over IP), UC (Unified Communications), VC (Video Conferencing), chatty applications, and other business-critical applications are negatively impacted by the unavoidable performance fluctuations caused by a single WAN transport.
Even with multiple WAN transports, legacy load balancers don’t provide a holistic and automated framework to manage all your available bandwidth. Optimizing QoS (Quality of Service) and QoE (Quality of Experience) of the application traffic flows in your network is usually lacking.
Truffle is a Broadband Bonding router appliance that combines and intelligently manages several (2 to up to 16) Internet transports (such as MPLS, DIA, DSL, cable, fiber, satellite, 4G LTE or 5G) from any of service provider. Truffle monitors, detects, and adapts to the fluctuations in your ISP performance as well as your changing traffic profile. This means Truffle will solve the network problems automatically and will avoid interruptions to your Internet services and applications.
Truffle provides the ultimate way to add additional bandwidth to your network, when you need it. Simply plug in additional broadband lines to increase your network capacity in a cost-effective manner. Relying on a single service provider will limit network SLAs to that single service provider. You can get the best of all worlds by aggregating service providers to build your own, best-in-class bandwidth, leveraging cable modem’s bandwidth, DSL’s dedicated last-mile transport, and low latency of MPLS all packaged together. Pick and choose the service providers to build your own blend for the best value.
With Truffle in your network, real-time applications such as VoIP, UC, video conferencing, webcasting, chatty applications, or any other business-critical applications will be shielded from network problems. Truffle’s built-in application flow steering and adaptive QoS optimizes QoE for end users. This means no more network emergency support tickets.
Increasing MPLS capacity to the next tier can be very costly. With Truffle, adding cost-effective Internet bandwidth to MPLS is an excellent way to upgrade WAN networks. Replacing or augmenting MPLS with broadband bonding based bandwidth provides better value without sacrificing performance. Truffle provides a quick Return on Investment (ROI) and reduces operating expenses making Truffle an ideal next-gen load balancing router for SMBs and enterprise branch offices.
Truffle’s monitoring and automatic failover protects against failures or degradations of one or more WAN links. Truffle is a multi-WAN router and can keep ongoing IP sessions alive by making real-time per-packet routing decisions, even for the sessions that were in progress (requires peered mode). 4G LTE, 5G modems can be plugged into Truffle for failover.
Static IP addresses in the cloud (or from your data-center) can be mapped onto the branch office Truffle. This means that static IP is available for services that rely on stable IP addressing (such as VPN, VoIP/SIP, etc.) and inbound network access is available, even during WAN outages, as long as at least one of the WAN links is up.
To install Truffle into your existing network, no changes are required to your existing firewall or network configuration. Devices can be preconfigured before shipment with zero-touch installation at the premises. Simply slide in the Truffle between your existing network/firewall and your existing modem and add the additional WAN links as you need. Any additional configuration can be done through the web-based management interface either locally or remotely, as well as through a cloud-based Portal that provides in-depth monitoring capabilities. Truffle also supports layer 7 DPI (Deep Packet Inspection), SNMP and Netflow. With Truffle, no new equipment or software is necessary from your Internet Service Provider(s) and all ISPs are supported worldwide.
Truffle is a packet-level load-balancing router. Truffle can bond Internet access lines for all types of traffic (including encrypted traffic such as VPN) for aggregated downlink and uplink capacity when peered over the Internet with another Truffle located at the headquarter office or data center. For single office setups, an optional Broadband Bonding Service subscription enables downlink/uplink bonding.
Specific types of traffic can then be selectively filtered onto the virtual interface to take advantage of the load-balancing and fail over capabilities of the virtual interfaces. Various adaptive QoS (Quality of Service) features enable dynamic bandwidth reservations for your selected applications and traffic types and adaptively reserves bandwidth only when that type of traffic is detected. You can also limit inbound/outbound traffic to user-defined bit rates, bind certain traffic types onto specified WAN links, manipulate traffic based on TOS identifier, perform layer 7 filtering, block certain traffic types, and much more.
Truffle can function with the existing legacy firewalls/routers with the existing network configuration untouched. If preferred, Truffle can also be installed as the primary firewall/router with strong encryption (up to AES 256), website blocking, DNS redirection, and advanced filtering, all based on field-proven secure platforms.
Broadband Bonding is the technology that aggregates two or more Internet WAN connections into a faster and more reliable one. Bonding technology enables efficient, low-latency combining of IP networks that can stripe packets from the same flow over different WAN links from different ISPs. The bonding technology works by intelligently measuring network performance and accordingly making packet-level scheduling decisions. This means you will get the aggregate speed of all of your lines with minimal overhead and reduced latency.
The overlay tunnels have the ability to shield network problems and link outages from the application layer. This means that Mushroom Networks’ technology can work around network issues such as packet loss, latency, jitter, and WAN blackouts or brownouts. Packets from on-going sessions can be steered away from problem paths automatically and therefore keep their quality and semantics intact.
Physical WAN interfaces as well as overlay tunnels, can be easily tied together into interface groups. Specific traffic types can then be routed onto the interface group to implement the desired load-balancing and failover logic for that traffic type.
Mushroom Networks’ devices have the ability to create overlay tunnels to Mushroom Networks Relays (relays are available as physical appliances, virtual appliances or as a hosted service). The overlay tunnel between the device endpoints has the ability to implement advanced networking algorithms to optimize the traffic flows. Tunnels are optimized for different applications such as VoIP, video, UC, chatty application, cloud-delivered services, file transfers, and other application classes.
Mushroom Networks solutions are based on the industry-leading and award-winning Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) architecture. The software-defined approach enables easy development and deployment. A single pane of glass dashboard provides visibility and remote access to the CPE units from cloud-based portal. Devices can be preconfigured and drop-shipped to the location with zero-touch configuration, ensuring rapid deployment once the WAN links are connected.
Third party monitoring solutions are also supported via SNMP, Syslog, Netflow and other standards-based APIs.
Truffle appliances provide full routing and firewall’ing capabilities. Advanced manual routes enable routing rules for specific types of traffic to go over one of the physical ports or through an interface group. The routing and firewall’ing capabilities can be bypassed to install the appliance in pass-through mode seamlessly into a network with a legacy firewall/router. This enables a roll-out where the existing network configuration can be kept 100% unchanged.
Ingress and egress traffic shaping and bandwidth reservations are available both on the WAN and LAN interfaces, creating tight control over the QoS (Quality of Service) of your network and the QoE (Quality of Experience) for users. Traffic types to be shaped or reserved can be identified from a built-in library of layer 7 filters, DSCP tags (such as CS, AF or EF tags), source and/or destination IPs, and protocol type.
For live video streaming, a single service provider (wired or cellular) will limit the reliability and performance. Any glitch in the network will cause live video streams to suffer.
Satellite trucks are expensive and costly to operate. They lack the mobility, agility and cost effectiveness of 4G/5G cellular multi-SIM based systems.
Streamer PRO is a 4G LTE, 5G bonding device that can broadcast live streaming video directly from your camera to a video server, CDN (Content Delivery Network) or directly to your studio. Since the video is streamed over the aggregated 4G LTE, 5G SIM cards with auto-error correction, your video stream can support high-quality video and will have unmatched professional-level reliability.
Webcasters can simply plug in the video feed from their camera (SDI, S-video, composite) or video switcher, add the USB modem cellular data cards to the Streamer PRO and broadcast live streaming video to their choice of CDN/video server. Similarly, Streamer PRO can send live video to a Mushroom Networks receiver with built-in decoder at the studio for point-to-point video delivery.
Streamer PRO uses award winning 4G LTE, 5G bonding technology that is optimized to broadcast live streaming video over aggregated 4G LTE, 5G wireless data cards. This provides higher quality video, including higher resolution and higher frame rate as well as unmatched professional grade reliability.
Streamer PRO dynamically adjusts the video encoding rate to provide the best video quality wihtout any video drops or freezes even in challenging wireless network conditions. For encoded video feeds, Streamer PRO supports most video encoders including Flash Media Live Encoder*, Wirecast*, Tricaster*, TouchStream and others.
Streamer PRO support S-Video, composite and SD-SDI / HD-SDI video inputs as well as any video server or CDN. Streamer PRO can also be used with your own video encoder or video switcher when needed.
Broadband Bonding is the technology that aggregates two or more Internet connections into a faster and more reliable connection. Mushroom Networks’ Broadband Bonding technology enables efficient, low-latency combining of broadband lines that can stripe packets from the same flow over different cellular links from different or the same service providers. The bonding technology works by intelligently measuring network conditions and accordingly making packet level decisions for resource allocation. This means you will get the aggregate speed of all of your lines with reduced latency and minimal overhead.
The Video Armor tunnel has the ability to work around network problems such as packet loss, latency, jitter, or full link outages from the video application layer. This means, your live video stream will be 100% shielded from the wireless network problems and will therefore provide a broadcast quality video feed to its final destination with zero packet loss, zero jitter, and low latency. Video Armor accomplishes this via the Relay Unit in the cloud (or your data center) that can rebuild lost/late packets and relay the stream error free.
Cellular wireless connections are prone to fluctuations and variations in performance. 4G/5G connectivity is usually unpredictable and can be unreliable. This can be deadly for applications that require uninterrupted Internet connectivity.
4G LTE, 5G cellular modems are great alternatives for more expensive satellite dishes, with lower cost and enhanced mobility. However, live webcasting or live video streaming from the field over a single cellular modem is rarely successful because of the variability of single modem performance.
Sustaining high enough rates for applications that require high peak rates and high capacity, such as Wi-Fi hotspot services in mass transportation vehicles or special events, can not be supported with single SIM cellular MiFi devices.
Certain real-time applications are mission critical and cannot afford to have disconnections. This problem is increased in vehicular setups, where the moving vehicle will cause connectivity problems and application failures when implemented using a single 4G LTE, or 5G wireless network.
Portabella is a Broadband Bonding™ appliance that combines and intelligently manages 2, 4 or 8 wireless SIM connections from any of your service providers. Portabella can spread a single session over the available paths and therefore create a single super-fast internet pipe.
Portabella supports a bonding tunnel that is optimized for live video transmission using our Streamer add-on. Streamer applies a special coding before transmitting partial streams and therefore any network problems such as packet loss, latency or jitter are shielded from the video application.
Portabella is a packet-level load-balancing 4G LTE, 5G router. Portabella can bond cellular Internet access lines for all types of traffic (including encrypted traffic such as VPN) for aggregated downlink and uplink capacity when peered over the Internet with a Mushroom Relay located at the headquarter office or data center. Alternatively, the optional Broadband Bonding Service subscription enables downlink/uplink bonding.
Portabella supports a free add-on, the Streamer tunnel that is optimized for live video streaming from the field to any CDN or video server over the bonded 4G LTE, 5G modems. This video optimized bonding tunnel enables live video streaming applications to be 100% shielded from any network problems such as packet loss, latency, jitter, or even full modem disconnects. Even during those challenging situations, the live video stream will continue without a glitch.
Various Portabella models support embedded modems with high temperature and vibration tolerances, including train certifications. Other Portabella models support external USB-based modem ports for additional flexibility all in a compact form factor.
Static IP addresses in the cloud (or from your data-center) can be mapped onto the Portabella. This means that static IP is available for services that rely on stable IP addressing, such as VPN, VoIP/SIP and others. Inbound network access remains available, even during 4G LTE or 5G outages, as long as at least one of the WAN links is connected.
Portabellas are preconfigured before shipment and therefore supports zero-touch installation when received. Any additional configuration or monitoring can be done through the web-based management interface either locally or remotely, as well as through a cloud based Portal that provides in-depth monitoring capabilities. All wireless ISPs are supported worldwide.
Portabella can be configured in pass-through mode to function inline with the existing legacy firewalls/routers with the existing network configuration untouched. If preferred, Portabella can also be installed as the primary firewall/router with strong encryption (up to AES 256), website blocking, DNS redirection, and advanced filtering, all based on field-proven secure platforms.