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Launched in 2004 by three UC San Diego students, Mushroom Networks is one of the few companies to focus entirely on manufacturing and selling bonded networking devices. As such, they quickly became one of the biggest names in the bonding business, working closely with the broadband industry.

It provides 8 lines of products, but the most prominent of them, their killer device, so to speak, is the Truffle: a packet-level load balancing router aimed at small to medium-sized businesses. The highest-end model can bond up to 12 internet access lines and 2 additional cellular data cards, and comes with built-in failover technology, a built-in firewall, bandwidth manager, and traffic managing.

They continue to push forward in their development, as well: Last May, they announced  the creation of a Truffle that could enable bonding up to 10 times higher than the appliance’s capabilities to that point, letting them achieve max speeds of a stunning 10 Gbps.

They’ve made some interesting strides in the use of bonding for other purposes, as well. The ThirdEye allows security cameras to transit live HQ video in real time via the use of cellular broadband cards; they’re billing it as “the first fully wireless surveillance system.” And like any other bonded device, if one card goes down, the rest will pick up for it, making it much harder to disable than many other security systems. That same technology has found uses with other types of video, too: their most recent product, the Teleporter, uses bonded mobile devices to stream broadcast-quality live video.

They boast an impressive list of awards and nominations, including a 2008 win for Most Innovatinve Product, a 2011 Mario award for TV Technology, and a 2012 Quality and Service Award from the Worldwide Marketing Organization. And It was largely due to their efforts that broadband bonding was able to win Telephony Online’s Best Technology of 2008 Award.