Mushroom announces durable PortaBella wireless bonding device, continues adorable naming scheme

It's okay if you've never heard of wireless broadband bonding. The technology hasn't exactly caught on, even if it gets us all excited in our download place. The basic idea is to take a suite of wireless broadband adapters and plug them all into a single router, aggregating their power like shotgun modems did in the dial-up days. Mushroom Networks is the leader in this space and it has announced a new, "heavy duty" version of its PortaBella bonding device, joining its Porcini and Truffle models. The new PortaBella combines the connections of up to four wireless modems, even from different carriers, and works at temperatures ranging from 4 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit -- which sadly doesn't quite meet the extremes experienced on an average day at the Engadget Lunar Outpost. It seems our heavenly bloggers above will have to keep sharing that single modem for now.

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Mushroom Networks Unveils Heavy Duty Version of the PortaBella™ Wireless Broadband Bonding™ Device

Climate Hardened PortaBella Solves a Major Pain Point by Delivering High-Speed Internet Connectivity in Extremely Harsh Environments

SAN DIEGO, CA – September 8, 2010 - Mushroom Networks, Inc. today announced a heavy duty version of PortaBella, the industry's first wireless Broadband Bonding appliance delivering the fastest available Internet connection for mobile and portable deployments. The climate hardened PortaBella targets industries such as Defense, Government, Emergency Response and many others who require high-speed Internet connectivity off-site and often times in extreme climates. PortaBella delivers Internet connectivity in environments ranging from -4 to158 Fahrenheit (-20 to 70 Celsius).

PortaBella aggregates the bandwidth capacity of as many as four USB based cellular wireless Internet access cards into a single connection. For example, combine one Verizon, one Sprint 4G, one t-mobile and one AT&T card for reliable Internet speeds upwards of 10Mbps. Because of its small form factor and light weight, PortaBella is best suited for remote or temporary offices, construction sites, inside vehicles and areas where geographical terrain makes Internet service a near impossibility.

"There are many situations where reliable high-speed Internet connectivity is either limited or simply not feasible because of rough environmental factors that place a heavy burden on network equipment," stated Cahit Akin, co-founder and CEO of Mushroom Networks. "We listened to our customers and have built a version of our popular PortaBella device that can withstand the most inhospitable elements including wind, dust, cold, heat and drastic temperature fluctuations. Businesses, government agencies and emergency response teams now have a viable option for Internet service wherever cellular broadband connectivity is available."

The environmentally hardened PortaBella is available now and currently in several trials with government agencies, law enforcement, security firms and corporations. For more information please call 858-452-1031 or visit

About Mushroom Networks
Mushroom Networks, Inc., is a privately held company based in San Diego, CA, providing patent pending Broadband Bonding solutions to a range of Internet connection applications. The company's flagship product line targets SMBs, enterprises, multi-tenant buildings, and broadband service providers and bonds dissimilar broadband access technologies forming a single highly reliable broadband pipe that can easily scale based on needs. Mushroom Networks recently was elected as one of the emerging vendors of 2010 by CRN, was a finalist for the coveted XCHANGE Tech Innovators Xcellence Award, 2007 CONNECT® 'Most Innovative New Product' award, 2008 CONNECT® 'Most Innovative New Product' award, Network World's "top technology trend of 2008" award, and nominated for the best investment opportunity within the fixed telecom sector by Telecom Council of Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit or call 858-452-1031.