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Use 2 ethernet ports on 1 computer?

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#1 qw3rty3


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

I have a network with about a dozen computers connecting to a Win 7 computer acting as a server. The computer has 2 gigabit ethernet ports. Right now only one port is used, connected to a gigabit switch.

I've read a little about load balancing and nic teaming. But I was wondering if there would but any benefit to just plug both the ports into the switch, then point half the computers to one ip address, and the other half to the other.

Would this relieve some network congestion? Would it help with transfer speeds? Or would connecting to the one computer basically be the choke point no matter how many nics are used?

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#2 Sneakycyber


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:00 AM

What roll is the server performing? With 12 computers accessing the server it would be hard to bog down a gigabit network unless you were moving a tremendous amount of data between each computer. The congestion your experiencing is it Internet speeds? File transfers from the server to the workstations? what type of switch are you using?
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