Virtual Channel Joining
Methods for establishing connection to the Internet using multiple channels. A device takes advantage of several channels available to it internally and/or from neighboring devices to request the various resources of the webpage, and assembles the webpage using the resources arriving from the different channels. When a device has the ability to connect to the Internet using multiple internal channels, the device uses internal heuristics to request the webpage resources using these channels. A cloud exit server may be used to enhance security and to handle requests that may not be handled using multiple channels.
This application is a Divisional application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 13/944,756, filed on Jul. 17, 2013, which relates to and claims priority from U.S. Provisional application, Ser. No. 61/772,489, filed on Mar. 4, 2013, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.FILED OF INVENTION
This disclosure relates to wireless connectivity, especially to establishing connectivity using multiple channels.BACKGROUND
Various wired and wireless technologies are available for accessing networks, such as the Internet. For example, state of the art smartphones can access the Internet using 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, and similar wireless technologies. Additionally, wireless technologies enable inter-connectivity among two or more devices. Such technologies include Near Field Communication (NFC), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, and others.
Tethering is a connection procedure that requires significant user involvement and knowledge, such that it generally remains within the realm of a “geek feature,” utilized mainly by tech savvy users. Tethering is mostly used to connect a computer to a cellphone in order to gain access to the Internet via the cellular network, when Wi-Fi or other Internet connection is not available. In addition to requiring user involvement in establishing tethering, various carriers and phone manufacturers place barriers to tethering, leading to various by-pass “creativity,” such as rooting Android devices or jailbreaking iOS devices and installing a tethering application on the device.
Generally, when an application requires an access to the Internet, the device selects one of the available channels, e.g., Wi-Fi, and performs all communications required by the application on the selected channel. For example, when a browser on a smartphone requests a page, all of the resources for that page are requested and received on one channel, e.g., Wi-Fi, although other channels are available, e.g., 4G.
Also, different devices may utilize different carriers, such that in a single location there may be several devices, each utilizing different carrier and thus having different level of service.SUMMARY
The following summary of the invention is included in order to provide a basic understanding of some aspects and features of the invention. This summary is not an extensive overview of the invention and as such it is not intended to particularly identify key or critical elements of the invention or to delineate the scope of the invention. Its sole purpose is to present some concepts of the invention in a simplified form as a prelude to the more detailed description that is presented below.
Various disclosed embodiments provide methods for establishing connection to the Internet using multiple channels. A device takes advantage of several channels available to it internally and/or from neighboring devices to request the various resources of the webpage, and assembles the webpage using the resources arriving from the different channels. The embodiments may be implemented as a client running on a device, e.g., an app running on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. As a shorthand, this client may be referred to herein sometimes as Open Garden app. The Open Garden app runs on the mobile device along other apps, and monitors other apps executing on the mobile device. When an app attempts to communicate with external devices, e.g., a server on the Internet, Open Garden intercepts the communication request and determine how best to send the request to the external devices. Open Garden may also intercept incoming communication from external devices and determine whether to route the communication internally, i.e., to which app to forward that communication, or whether it needs to be forwarded to another external device.
When a device has the ability to connect to the Internet using multiple internal channels, the device uses internal heuristics to request the webpage resources using these channels. For example, a smartphone device has a cellular network radio and a Wi-Fi radio. However, conventionally the smartphone would use only one of these channels to connect to the Internet and request webpage resources. According to disclosed embodiments, the smartphone would use both of these channels to request webpage resources and then assemble and display the webpage using the resources received via both channels.
According to other embodiments, a device may also request webpage resources using other devices, thereby utilizing multiple channels. For example, one smartphone device may have Bluetooth connection to another smartphone device. The first smartphone may utilize its own internal channels (e.g., cellular and Wi-Fi) to request webpage resources, but also use its Bluetooth connection to the second smartphone to request other webpage resources using the second smartphone channels.
According to some embodiments, the mobile device utilizes the various channels to request webpage resources by having each channel using its own unique IP address. The requested webpage resources are returned to each requesting IP address, all of which lead to the requesting device. The requesting device then assembles the webpage using the returned resources. On the other hand, according to other embodiments, such as for a secure page (https:), the target device must see the requests as originating from a single IP address. To achieve that, a cloud exit server is connected to the Internet. All requests from all of the mobile device channels are addressed to the cloud exit server. The cloud exit server forwards the requests to the appropriate host using a single IP address, i.e., the cloud exit server's own address. Thus, from the target host's perspective, all of the requests are coming from a single IP address, i.e., a single device. Thus, the host returns the requested resources to the requesting IP address, which is the cloud exit server IP address. The cloud exit server then forwards the received resources to the appropriate requesting IP addresses. Thus, from the mobile device perspective, the requests are sent and the resources are received using multiple channels.
The various disclosed embodiments enable multi-path access to the Internet, to provide higher reliability and bandwidth. Additionally, the various embodiments enable eliminating configuration choices: users will no longer need to pick how their device connects to the Internet, since the devices will simply use multiple ways simultaneously. Moreover, the devices automatically find the available path to the Internet. For example, if a path fails, a new one will be chosen and new connections will be established. Consequently, the network is self-healing and self-forming. Each of the nodes operates only with local knowledge, but together the connected devices build a network using a probabilistic distributed algorithm. Using the mesh network, when there is no direct Internet connection, devices will access the Internet through chains of other devices. If necessary, the chains will grow by connecting to other devices so as to reach the Internet. The described embodiments enable users to access the Internet using the most appropriate connection, without configuring their devices or jumping through hoops. The embodiments also enable users to access Internet as cheaply as possible. Users can find the fastest connection and most powerful signal without checking every available network, and can move between networks seamlessly. The embodiments provide ways to access more data at faster speeds in more locations. The users become part of the network, sharing connections when and where they provide the best possible access. This results in higher quality streaming video and audio, more immediate multiplayer gaming, and faster downloads.
The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, exemplify the embodiments of the present invention and, together with the description, serve to explain and illustrate principles of the invention. The drawings are intended to illustrate major features of the exemplary embodiments in a diagrammatic manner. The drawings are not intended to depict every feature of actual embodiments nor relative dimensions of the depicted elements, and are not drawn to scale.
The following provides examples of methods and systems for establishing Internet communication utilizing several channels in parallel.
Virtual channel joining is a computer networking technique that allows increasing the reliability, speed, and availability of an Internet connection of a computer, smartphone, tablet, or another device, when more than one Internet connection is possible. The particular device itself may have multiple Internet connections available to it, or each device may only have one connection, but by accessing the Internet collectively and networking locally via mesh network, the devices achieve virtual channel joining. Virtual channel joining may benefit from, but does not require, any network devices (such as switches or routers) to change their behavior or specification and is, therefore, easy to deploy. However, since it can be employed by network devices along with end systems, such as computers, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, or other devices, it can be used to significantly improve Internet connectivity at larger scale. Virtual channel joining can also enhance existing means of device-to-device communication on a local network or provide sole means for it.
In the prior art, each enabled device access the Internet using its own resources. When Internet connection fails, the device no longer can access the Internet until it reestablishes the connection or discovers and establishes another connection. Such devices utilize a single channel for connecting and communicating with the Internet. For example, a 4G enabled smartphone would connect and communicate with the Internet using the 4G connection. However, if the smartphone discovers and connects to a Wi-Fi connection, the smartphone would connect and communicate with the Internet using the Wi-Fi connection and not the 4G connection. That is, so long as the Wi-Fi connection is available, the device would use that channel for all Internet communication. However, that particular channel may be slow or other channels that are available internally or externally may provide better fidelity. Moreover, parallel communication over multiple channels can enhance the speed and fidelity of the Internet communication.
In this context, a mesh network is a network established through ad hoc links directly between devices and can be used to communicate locally between the devices comprising the mesh network. In some instances, the mesh networks can be coordinated by servers on the Internet. According to disclosed embodiments, virtual channel joining can take advantage of mesh networking as one of the means of establishing additional connections between devices and provide additional channels for Internet connection and communication. For this purpose the mesh network can use any physical medium to establish the peer-to-peer or local connections, from wired connections, such as Ethernet, to wireless, such as Wi-Fi in access point or ad hoc mode, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, ZigBee, NFC, 3G technologies, or various 4G technologies such as LTE and WiMAX. The exact nature of the underlying technologies can be taken into account by virtual channel joining, but any underlying networking technology can be used. Note that any combination of mesh networks is also, by definition, a mesh network, even if it happens to be disconnected.
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As far as selecting which request to send on which channel, various algorithms or heuristics can be employed, as exemplified by callout 101. For example, the simple one would be to alternate between the channels, such that each request is sent on a different channel from the previous request. Another example it to take into account the operational speed of each channel and send the requests according to the operational speeds. In one example, requests for heavy resources, such as images and video, are sent via the fast channel, while light resources, such as text, are sent via the slower channel. According to another example, the service cost of each channel is taken into consideration, e.g., heavy resources are requested via the cheaper channel, while light resources are sent via the more expensive channel.
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In one example, the processor of device 200 executes instructions for operating the web requests. In this example this is accomplished by device 200 running an application, referred to herein as Open Garden. In all cases where the Open Garden understands the protocol for requesting resources and is able to send requests via multiple paths, device 200 will send the requests using the available channels, as illustrated in the examples of
An example of a process flow that may be executed by the Open Garden application is illustrated in
When the cloud exit server 222 receives the request, it de-encapsulates it and determines what are the address of the originating and target devices. If the packet received is only a partial request, the cloud exit assembles the request from all of the parts received from all of the channels. Once the cloud exit has the entire request, it sends it to the target destination device, e.g., server 220. The destination device receives the request having the cloud exit server address as the originating address. Thus, target device sends the reply to the cloud exit server 222. When cloud exit server 222 receives the reply, it relays it to the originating device 200, either via the intermediate requesting devices, e.g., devices 201 and 202, or via any other appropriate channel it selects. That is, since the cloud exit server 222 knows where the request was originated from, it can send the reply using any available channels.
An example of a process that may be performed by cloud exit server 222 is illustrated in
Thus, for example, if device 200 sends Request 1 via device 201, using IP address of cloud exit 222 as the destination, and Request 2 via device 202, also using IP address of cloud exit 222 as the destination, devices 201 and 202 will relay the requests using the IP address of cloud exit server 222. When cloud exit server 222 receives Requests 1 and 2, it decapsulates them and finds out that the originating device is device 200 and the target device is server 220. It therefore relays the requests to server 220 using its own IP address as the request originator. When target server 220 receives Requests 1 and 2, having IP address of cloud exit 222 as the originator, it fulfills Request 1 and Request 2 by sending the Reply 1 and Reply 2 to the IP address of cloud exit server 222. When cloud exit server 222 receives Reply 1 and Reply 2, since it knows that the requests were originated from device 200, it can relay the responses to device 200 using any available channel, and not necessarily via devices 201 and 202.
As explained above, device 200 can access the Internet using its own multiple channels. Also, device 200 can access the Internet using channels of multiple connected devices. Device 200 may take advantage of both of these methods simultaneously, i.e., using internal channels and using connected devices.
As explained thus far, virtual channel joining improves the speed, reliability, and availability of network connections between devices and of the Internet connections of the devices through several techniques. When possible, virtual channel joining may use mesh networking to connect all devices accessing each other or the Internet together. Notably, the virtual channel joining described this far is beneficial also in environment without, or regardless of having Internet connection. For example,
In the methods for virtual channel joining as described herein, the communication traffic can be analyzed to understand some of its nature. That is, while conventionally programs deal with traffic on a particular OSI layer and are oblivious of anything happening on higher or lower OSI layer, embodiments of the invention analyze the traffic and make decision as to which OSI layer to use. Specifically, the method looks at the nature of the communication and treats it at that level. For example, the method may detect web (HTTP) requests, DNS requests, BitTorrent traffic, and HTTPS requests and treat each request in a manner that is most efficient for the particular request. Some traffic may not be decipherable and may remain unclassified, but it is normally advantageous to classify as much traffic as possible. The reason is that serving requests on higher OSI layers normally results in better performance.
The following are some examples of how analyzing and classifying the traffic can enhance the communication by taking advantage of virtual channel joining. A first example is when it is determined that the request is idempotent. For example, when detecting HTTP requests that are normally idempotent, such as GET requests, the system can attempt retries, or even send redundant queries on multiple paths. In such a case, the request can be duplicated and sent simultaneously over different channels or different paths. Also, if a response is not received by a certain time, even though the request may have not yet failed, the request can be sent again over the same or different channel. Since the request is idempotent, it does not matter for the server that it received multiple requests. On the other hand, if two responses are received, they are guaranteed to be identical, so that the later received one can be discarded. Also, to make sure this implementation is not less reliable than a mobile device operating using only a single channel, referred to as the default channel, the method will attempt to send the first request using the default channel in addition to other channels.
In another example, if it is determined that the request is, for example, a web or a DNS request, a proper reply may already be residing in cache memory of the originating or mesh networked device. Using caching provides a moderate to substantial reduction in network use and in the speed of loading. For DNS requests, the system can provide an additional layer of caching, and similarly intelligently route them as units, even if they do not arrive in one IP packet.
To provide one specific example, if two users are near each other and their mobile devices run a client application according to one of the embodiments described herein, each device can communicate at least using its own cellular network connection, its own Wi-Fi connection and, using a mesh network, each other's cellular and Wi-Fi connections. In such a case, if both users decide to go on, e.g., Facebook, there is really no need for both of the devices to download the Facebook style sheet, since it is always the same—only the content is different for different users. Thus, when a first device downloads the Facebook style sheet, it can store it in the cache memory and when the second device requests the Facebook style sheet, it can be sent to it from the cache of the other device, rather than actually sending the request to the Facebook server.
In the above provided Facebook example, there will be a modest gain in reduction of traffic. However, a much larger gain can result when there is some topical correlation between many users in a mesh network. For example, many users in a conference wanting to view the same presentation slides. Rather than every user downloading the presentation, only one or a few devices can download the presentation and use caching to deliver the presentation to other devices in the mesh network, thus drastically reducing the amount of network traffic.
Note that DNS requests are almost always idempotent. Therefore, if the reply is not present in cache, the system can handle the DNS request using the method of handling idempotent requests described above. Also, since DNS requests are small, the overhead of sending redundant DNS requests is rather low, but the benefit can be in a more robust operation such that the benefit is rather high.
Traffic that is opaque and encrypted is normally processed by the system on the IP layer, or, for HTTPS traffic, on the TCP layer. The traffic is normally injected into the system at the IP layer, but unlike prior art which would simply send such traffic on the IP layer, the method analyzes the traffic to see if its beneficial to use a different layer. Processing even TCP layer as a byte stream rather than a stream of IP packets can in practice result in drastic performance improvements, since mesh networks can often run over media with relatively high non-congestive packet loss, and thus the performance of the TCP connection may be limited by the packet loss on the mesh network if it is treated as an IP packet stream.
In general, the system can process traffic on several layers: the IP layer, where packets are received and forwarded, the TCP layer, where a byte stream is received and forwarded, and application layer, where application requests are received and forwarded. It is noted in this context that the benefits of the disclosed embodiments are maximized when the requests can be handled at the highest possible layer, e.g., the application layer. For example, doubling the physical layer connection would not result in higher speeds for receiving responses to given requests. On the other hand, doubling an HTTP or a DNS request can increase the speed and reliability of obtaining the response. Thus, even when a request is injected at the IP layer, it is analyzed to see whether it can be handled at a higher layer, e.g., if it is an HTTP or DNS request.
Priority may be given to applications that comprise a significant fraction of the traffic or a significant fraction of the time the user spends with the application. High-value applications are also added to the set of specially recognized applications. Applications with a non-trivial number of idempotent requests are particularly attractive to recognize for virtual channel joining; the most important examples today are HTTP, DNS, BitTorrent, and HTTPS.
The system may use various parameters to decipher and detect the type of request being sent. For example, the system may look at port number, the type of packets (e.g., TCP, uDP), and the content. A specific example would be, if the request specifies port 80 and the content starts with GET ABC, then it signifies an HTTP request and can be treated as an HTTP request; or if it is port 53 and it is a uDP packet, it has a layout of a DNS packet, then it can be treated as a DNS packet.
The methods implementing virtual channel joining may satisfy the requests, in some cases, using a different network interface to route the traffic than would be done without it, or in some cases routing the request over the mesh network to a different device with its own Internet access. When using virtual channel joining, it is best for the system to have as many network interfaces as possible enabled on each device. For example, a computer can enable a wired Ethernet connection, Wi-Fi, and a 4G LTE dongle; a smartphone can enable its 4G interface, join a Wi-Fi network, and use Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth to join the mesh network.
When implementing any of the methods disclosed herein, since each device may communicate using multiple channels, it is advantageous to provide some methods or heuristics to enable channel or route selection. A variety of route selection engines can be employed to optimize various desired design considerations. For example, when speed is of principal importance, methods that make maximal possible use of all available Internet exits work best, e.g., equal-bytes, equal-requests, bytes-proportional-to-past-performance, and requests-proportional-to-past-performance approaches. Equal requests approach is the simplest and it strives to send roughly equal number of requests to all available Internet exits. It can do so in a variety of ways, for example, picking a random exit for the current request, using a round-robin schedule, or picking random and keeping track of and correcting the resulting additive imbalances (multiplicative imbalances are not possible in the long run due to law of large numbers). Equal bytes approach is a refinement of the equal-requests method, which weighs requests by the number of bytes. This allows more uniform byte distribution among the contributing channels. Bytes proportional to past performance is a method where the system keeps an estimate of past performance of a channel, either based on natural usage, or based on a synthetic test traffic, and weighs the number of bytes that will go down this channel by the past performance estimate. Requests proportional to past performance is a similar technique, but one where the system keeps track of requests rather than bytes.
When conservative reliability is paramount, a queue spill route selector works well. Queue spill maintains a virtual queue within each device that has a direct Internet connection that does not go through other devices. Under the queue spill discipline, these devices, by default, send traffic using the direct Internet connection, the way it would be sent without virtual channel joining. Only when the virtual queue of requests reaches a particular threshold, which can be set in advance or based on measurement of behavior of this device, does the device begin to route some requests to other devices in the mesh, so that their Internet connections are also used. Queue spill provides a very conservative system, which prioritizes reliability and availability over speed. A retry strategy that works well with queue spill is to issue retries on the direct connection for still-outstanding requests that go through other devices when slots become accessible in the virtual queue under the limit.
When a typical web page is loaded, many objects (web resources) are typically requested. The methods of virtual channel joining takes advantage of this approach by splitting off the requests to be sent on different paths. Sometimes, however, a single very large object can be requested, such as during a software update download or when HTTP streaming is used to view a video. In this case, the one single item can still be obtained using multiple connections by using HTTP range requests, which allow using multiple requests, i.e., each forming a sub-request of the original request and each requesting only part of a file. Thus, the file is requested in parts, instead of the entire file at once. Each sub-request, i.e., each part, may be requested using any of the available channels. Note that most video streaming services must support range requests to enable skipping and seeking in the video by the user; range requests are thus a completely normal form of request for them to see and work well on YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo, and all Akamai-served sites.
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When used with opaque traffic, the system with the cloud exit server 524 operates as follows. When a request is originated in a user application of a mobile device, the client residing in the mobile device attempts to decipher or classify the request. If the request is decipherable and the client can handle the request without the support of cloud exit server 524, the client handles the request. Otherwise, if the request is not decipherable, the packets of the request are encapsulated by the client of the originating mobile device and sent over one or multiple paths. The encapsulating packets have the address of the cloud exit server 524 as the destination, while the encapsulated packets have the target server address as the destination and the address of the mobile device as the originating address.
Error correction techniques can be used to ensure the encapsulated packets arrival at the cloud exit server 524. Many error-correcting codes, such as Reed Solomon codes in general can be suitable, but the following simple technique also works well in practice: when more than two paths are available, use one of the paths to send the exclusive OR of packets sent on other paths. If one of the packets fails to arrive, it can be reconstructed by taking the exclusive OR of packets that did arrive. Under this scheme, the loss of two packets still requires a retransmission, but the combination of low overhead and low probability of retransmission makes this mechanism attractive.
When the encapsulated packets arrive at the cloud exit server 524, they are decapsulated to expose the target address and originating address. The now decapsulated packets are directed to the target server using the target address as the destination and the cloud exit server 524 address as the originating. The replies are then directed by the target server to the Cloud Exit server 524. As the replies arrive at the cloud exit server 524, sends them to the originating device using any available channels, i.e., not necessarily the same channels form which the requests were received by the cloud exit server 524.
It should be understood that processes and techniques described herein are not inherently related to any particular apparatus and may be implemented by any suitable combination of components. Further, various types of general purpose devices may be used in accordance with the teachings described herein. The present invention has been described in relation to particular examples, which are intended in all respects to be illustrative rather than restrictive. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that many different combinations will be suitable for practicing the present invention.
Moreover, other implementations of the invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art from consideration of the specification and practice of the invention disclosed herein. Various aspects and/or components of the described embodiments may be used singly or in any combination. It is intended that the specification and examples be considered as exemplary only, with a true scope and spirit of the invention being indicated by the following claims.
1. A method of communicating between a mobile device and a target host that is remote from the mobile device, the method comprising:
- establishing a first communication connection over a first communication channel for data transmission between the mobile device and a first relaying device;
- establishing a second communication connection over a second communication channel for data transmission between the mobile device and a second relaying device, wherein the second communication channel is distinct from the first communication channel and has at least one channel characteristic distinct from that of the first communication channel;
- identifying an Internet resource to request and a request that is configured to result, when responded to, in transmission of the Internet resource to the mobile device;
- parsing the request for the Internet resource into at least a first partial request and a second partial request;
- sending the first partial request to the first relaying device over the first communication channel;
- sending the second partial request to the second relaying device over the second communication channel;
- receiving a first partial response to the first partial request;
- receiving a second partial response to the second partial request; and
- combining the first partial response and the second partial response, at the mobile device, to form a response to the request.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein sending the first partial request over the first communication channel uses a first IP address and sending the second partial request over the second communication channel uses a second IP address distinct from the first IP address.
3. The method of claim 1, further comprising:
- encapsulating the first partial request into a first encapsulated request prior to sending the first partial request to over the first communication channel; and
- sending the first partial request to a cloud exit server for decapsulation prior to the first partial request being sent to the first relaying device.
4. The method of claim 1, wherein the first partial request comprises an HTTP range request that specifies part of a file to be sent to the mobile device.
5. The method of claim 1, further comprising:
- weighing individual requests of a plurality of requests by number of bytes in each individual request; and
- balancing the number of bytes sent over the first communication channel and the second communication channel.
6. The method of claim 5, further comprising:
- maintaining an first estimate of past performance of the first communication channel and a second estimate of past performance of the second communication channel; and
- allocating bytes of the plurality of requests over the first communication channel and the second communication channel based on the first estimate of past performance and the second estimate of past performance.
7. The method of claim 5, further comprising:
- maintaining a first cost of using the first communication channel and a second cost of using the second communication channel; and
- allocating the plurality of requests over the first communication channel and the second communication channel based on the first cost and the second cost.
8. The method of claim 1, wherein the mobile device is a smartphone and the first relaying device comprises a wireless router coupled to a wired Internet channel.
9. The method of claim 1, wherein the first communication channel is a cellular network channel and the second communication channel is either a wireless network channel or a Bluetooth™ protocol channel.
10. The method of claim 1, further comprising:
- executing a user application on the mobile device; and
- executing a client application on the mobile device, to perform a process comprising: (a) intercepting an application request generated by the user application; (b) analyzing the application request to determine whether the request is decipherable and can be processed by the client application; (c) when the request is not decipherable and cannot be processed by the client application, encapsulating the request as a first encapsulated partial request inside a first encapsulation packet and a second encapsulated partial request inside a second encapsulation packet, wherein: 1) the first encapsulated partial request contains a first target address of the first relaying device; 2) the first encapsulation packet contains as its packet destination an address of a network-connected server; 3) the second encapsulated partial request contains as second target address of the second relaying device; and 4) the second encapsulation packet contains as its packet destination the address of the network-connected server; (d) when the request is not decipherable and cannot be processed by the client application, sending the first encapsulated partial request to the network-connected server via the first relaying device; and (e) when the request is not decipherable and cannot be processed by the client application, sending the second encapsulated partial request to the network-connected server via the second relaying device.
11. The method of claim 10, further comprising:
- intercepting a request generated by the user application;
- analyzing the request to determine whether the request is decipherable and can be handled by the client application;
- when the request is not decipherable, encapsulating the request as an encapsulated request inside an encapsulation packet, wherein the encapsulated request contains a source address and a target address and the encapsulation packet contains the address of the network-connected server; and
- sending the encapsulated request to the network-connected server.
12. The method of claim 1, further comprising:
- receiving a communication request on an OSI IP layer;
- analyzing the communication request to classify the communication request and determine whether the communication request can be handled on a higher OSI layer;
- when the communication request cannot be handled on the higher OSI layer, sending the communication request over the OSI IP layer; and
- when the communication request can be handled on the higher OSI layer, sending the communication request over the higher OSI layer.
13. The method of claim 12, wherein analyzing the request comprises determining a port number of the request, a packet type of the request, and content of the request.
14. The method of claim 12, wherein, when it is determined that the request can be handled over an OSI application layer, sending the request and a duplicate of the request over multiple communications channels.
15. The method of claim 12, wherein when the request is classified as an HTTP request, sending the request over multiple communications channels over an OSI application layer.
16. The method of claim 12, wherein when it is determined that the request cannot be handled at a higher OSI layer, encapsulating the request into an encapsulated request by including a target address and an originating address in the encapsulated request and having an address of a cloud exit server upon encapsulation of the request, enabling the cloud exit server to decapsulate the request and forward the request using the target address.
17. The method of claim 16, wherein encapsulating the request comprises placing a packet of the request having a source address and a target address inside an encapsulation packet having a cloud exit server address.