Mushroom Networks

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Mushroom Networks
Industry Telecommunication
Founded 2004
Headquarters San Diego, California, United States
Key people
Cahit Akin(Co-founder and CEO)
Rene Cruz (Co-founder)
Rajesh Mishra (CTO)
Steve Schneider (CFO)
Steve Brown (Lead Architect)
Products Networking

Mushroom Networks, Inc. is a privately held company in San Diego, California, with the mission to provide "innovative networking solutions". Their products and services are focused on a range of networking solutions for Internet access for the broadband industry and networking for the digital living room.[1]

Mushroom Networks was founded in 2004, by electrical and computer engineer Rene Cruz, Cahit Akin and Rajesh Mishra as a spin-off from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and got support from the von Liebig Center.[2] Mushroom Networks also received initial funding and support from ITU Ventures, a Los Angeles investment firm.[3]

The company solely focuses on networking products utilizing their "Broadband Bonding" technology. In various configurations, these products provide the end-user with the appearance of larger bandwidth by aggregating multiple network services through load balancing, and/or channel bonding.[4] Mushroom Networks has developed its Broadband Bonding through extensive research and development.[5]

Networking Products[edit]

  • In February, 2008 Mushroom Networks announced the Truffle (BBNA6401) as a new broadband bonding network appliance.[6] The Truffle (BBNA6401) can bond up to six high speed internet connections to improve the network speed.[7]
  • In July, 2008 the company introduced another product the Porcini (BBNA4422) as a smaller broadband bonding product.[8] This product can bond up to four high speed internet connections and a wireless USB port card to improve internet speeds.[9]
  • In September, 2008 the company introduced the PortaBella (BBNA2242) as a solution to combining multiple cellular data cards into one single internet protocol connection.[10] This product allows for bandwidth in which wired connectivity is not an option.[11]
  • In June, 2009 Mushroom Networks announced the second generation PortaBella (BBNA141) -- the fastest wireless cellular internet connection.[12] This small portable product has room for four wireless modems on the front side, with an ethernet port in the back.[13]
  • In July, 2009 the company announced the second generation of Truffle (BBNA6401), calling it the Truffle(BBNA5201G).[14] The second generation has higher throughput, enhanced quality-of-service (QoS), and automatic failover as well as some other enterprise level features.
  • In April, 2010 Mushroom Networks announces the Teleporter, the industry's first broadcast quality live video streaming system utilizing bonded cellular link devices.[15] The Teleporter enables a single broadcast journalist to send high quality digital video over wireless local cellular networks instead of requiring a large broadcast crew with more expensive equipment.[16]


  • In 2007, Mushroom Networks was nominated for the Xcellance Tech Innovators Award.[17]
  • Broadband Bonding wins Best Technology of 2008 Award by Telephony Online.[18]
  • In 2008, Mushroom Networks wins the Most Innovative Product Award by Connect.[19]
  • The company was elected as a finalist in the CommNexus' GadgetFest 2008 Greatest Gadget Competition.[20]
  • Mushroom Networks was elected as one of the finalists of the 2009 Most Innovative Product Award by Connect.[21]
  • The company was nominated for the SPIFFY Award by the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley.[22]

Sample Projects[edit]

  • In February 2010, announced that its solution has been implemented by the California Engineering Contractors Inc. (CEC).[23]


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