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How do I use dual NICs


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majackson

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I have a motherboard with dual integrated network cards (I believe the MBO is a MSI Neo4 Platinum). I have a ethernet cable connected to only one of the NICs. My question is, how do I take advantage of two NICs? I have a cable connections that runs about 3200 kb/s download.
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Hello majackson and welcome to G2G,

What are you wanting to do with the two NIC's.
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Actually, I have no idea because I don't know what potential capabilities that it gives me. About the only thing I am currently doing that may benefit is that I run a program called Metastock that manipulates a continual flow of stockmarket data and converts it into graphic displays. At the same time I run a java based program that displays data and allows me to tade if I chose to so. When following certain equities the data flow can be pretty intense. I don't know if a single NIC could be having difficulty uploading a buy/sell order if it's getting a torrent of downstream data. If I connect the second card would it allow the order execution program a faster route to send data? How does the system know manage the two cards to maximize In/Out?
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If you're running it as a server one nic is generally used for administrative access and the other for the server, often on older machines the admin acess was dialup, but dialup is dying out. Admin access is kept separate for pretty obvious security reasons.

Edited by Tyger, 08 April 2007 - 05:21 PM.

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Most common uses are for a server environment, port mirroring, hardware based firewall/router and load balancing.
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