What is channel bonding?
Channel bonding is a practice commonly used in implementations of IEEE 802.11 in which two adjacent channels within a given frequency band are combined to increase the throughput between two or more wireless devices.
Channel bonding is also known as Ethernet bonding, but it is widely used in Wi-Fi implementations. It has become a very popular technique in the world of Wi-Fi as its increased throughput provides more functionality within Wi-Fi deployments.
Channel bonding is also known as NIC bonding.
Channel bonding is commonly practiced in Wi-Fi networks, which typically operate in the 2.4 GHz frequency band. The 2.4 GHz frequency band offers space for three non-overlapping bundled channels. For 802.11n deployments, this equates to a theoretical throughput of 54 Mbps.The combination of these non-overlapping channels is often referred to as increasing the pipe size.