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Ethernet ports.?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Kenny Gates, Apr 3, 2008.

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  1. Kenny Gates

    Kenny Gates Thread Starter

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    hey i was just wondering why there is 2 ethernet lan ports on the back of my motherboard.? everyother mobo i have seen has only 1. i only use one for my internet cable what is the other one for.?

    Thanks
     
  2. JKingsnorth

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    Lots of things, if your Motherboard was in a server you could use one for a Internet Connection and the other for VPN. You could connect to 2 different networks.

    One might be a 10/100 and the other might be 10/100/1000 its nothing special. It probably just added more to the cost to your computer. Might just be there to look good.

    You can use it how ever you want.
     
  3. Wanderer2

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    Servers can use two ports teamed together connected to a managed backbone switch that supports one of the adapter teaming protocols for greater throughput.

    Not something used or supported at home. Cheaper just to install two than one.
     
  4. Kenny Gates

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    ahh kool thanks dude

    any chance if i hook up 2 x rj45 cables to by hub i will get a faster internet connection for downloading.?

    tis a striker extreme mobo home built thing lol
     
  5. Wanderer2

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    nope. doesn't work that way.
     
  6. zx10guy

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    Do yourself a favor and forget about NIC teaming for a home/consumer product. I can't count the number of times I've seen on the eVGA forums where they tried to invoke Nvidia's NIC teaming on the 680i and 780i motherboards with disastrous results. NIC teaming is in the domain of servers where the NICs have mature drivers/support for advanced features like teaming or failover. I wish Nvidia would just stop pushing this feature because it's just crap.

    Not only do you need proper drivers/OS support, you also need a switch which can deal with link aggregation. Only managed switches have this capability.
     
  7. JKingsnorth

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    You will not recieve any faster connection just because the router is giving each NIC a different IP address.


    Not to mention if you were to buy all that stuff for the faster speed you would be looking at a huge price where you could of just bought like a T1 line.
     
  8. JohnWill

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    If you simply use gigabit connections, you'll get all the speed that a home network is capable of, and you sure won't have any bottlenecks on any Internet ISP that I've ever seen that's actually available. :) I have a gigabit local network, and I can't saturate that with local traffic, much less Internet traffic.

    Note, a T1 line is only 1.5mbit, not exactly speedy by today's standards. :)
     
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