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Personal assistant Non-geek needs network/internet help.

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Hello people who are MUCH smarter than me (I hope). I am a personal assistant for a professional online poker player. He's moving to Manhattan and I'm in charge of setting up his internet. He needs two internet connections (one as back up). Right now he has what I think of as kind of a crude set up, it one connection goes down he unplugs and has to reconnect to the other provider and hope that it connects in time so he doesn't time out. I've heard that it is possible to create a set up so that if one provider goes down it switches automatically to the other provider without anyone having to do anything manually. The switch over needs to happen in less than a minute and it is OK if the IP address changes. This is important to him because if he loses a connection he could potentially lose a lot of money. So here are my questions to you fine people:

1) is it possible to create a set up like the one I just described?

2) where should I look to find someone to do it? I've searched the internet for IT specialists in NYC but I'm having a hard time finding anyone who will work on a project basis in a home, most companies only deal with businesses.

3) does anyone have any opinions about internet providers, the most reliable, fastest etc.

Thank you guys!

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what you are talking about is a twin WAN connection with automatic fail over. Here is the kind of device you would need. Just a quick search and I found this device at a reasonable price.

As far as providers Broadband Reports is a good place to start.
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