Combine multiple internet connections for faster, more reliable transfers with MASV Desktop app
You can combine more than one connection to the internet with Multiconnect in the MASV Desktop App. Multiconnect uses these connections for faster, more reliable transfers.
- Tight deadline: Combine your home or office network Wi-Fi with your cell phone's 5G connection to upload files faster.
- Unreliable internet: Combine satellite internet with a mobile hotspot to keep transferring even if you lose your connection to one of them.
There's no extra cost to using Multiconnect – it comes with the MASV Desktop App. Keep in mind that your network providers might charge you.
Choosing How to Connect
Multiconnect supports any network connection supported by the operating system on that MASV Desktop App runs on. And it supports as many connections as your computer allows.
Examples of ways you can connect to a network with Multiconnect:
- Wi-Fi to your office or home network
- USB tether to your 5G mobile phone in hotspot mode
- Ethernet to satellite internet
You will get the best reliability and speed by combining different networks.
✅ Avoid combining connections to the same network, which has no effect on reliability and might even slow down transfers.
👍 More reliable and faster: Connect by Ethernet to satellite internet and by Wi-Fi to your mobile phone hotspot.
👎 No change in reliability or speed: Connect by Ethernet and Wi-Fi to your office network.
Setting up Multiconnect
- Set up your network services and connect your computer to them.
- In the MASV Desktop App's top-right menu, select Settings > Speed.
- Select Enable Multiconnect. A list of available connections will appear.
- Enable the connections you want to use.
- Select the X at the top-right corner to close Settings.
You can see how fast each connection is uploading and downloading by hovering the mouse over the bottom-right part of the Desktop App’s window.
💡 Before relying on an internet connection in a remote place, consider trying it out in your home or office first.
When a connection is degraded or interrupted, you’ll notice that the Desktop App’s transfer rate for that connection slows down or stops. For example, bad weather can affect a Starlink satellite connection. Desktop App continues using a connection automatically when it’s restored. An interrupted connection doesn’t affect other connections when Multiconnect is enabled.
Setting Speed Limits
Normally, MASV Desktop App uses all available bandwidth to speed up your transfers. You can limit bandwidth for situations like sharing a network with others or to reduce charges from a specific network provider.
You can control speed limits in Settings > Speed > Speed limits. You can use this feature whether or not you have enabled Multiconnect.
This example for the Wi-Fi interface limits uploads to 5 Mbps during weekday business hours while always limiting downloads to 5 Mbps:
Connecting Your Computer to Multiple Networks
Follow these instructions to connect your computer to different networks:
- macOS: Connect to the internet with your Mac
- Windows: Connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows
- Ubuntu Linux: Networking, web & email
- RedHat Linux: Configuring and managing networking
Using your Mobile Device to Connect to the Internet
You can set up your iPhone, iPad, or Android device to connect your computer to your mobile provider:
- iPhone or iPad: How to set up a Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad
- Android: Share a mobile connection by hotspot or tethering on Android
✅ Android devices don’t support USB tethering to macOS. However, you can connect macOS to your Android device by Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
The power management features on Windows and macOS might interfere with a USB tether to your mobile device. For more information: