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What is a Network Card?

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September 22, 2013 1:18:12 PM

Hi Guys!

I'm just curious of the title questions. What I think they do is, rather than having one ethernet cable from your motherboard, you can route multiple from a network card and get extra performance, kinda like SLI only with ethernet.

Also, who and what applications might benefit from it? I'm using the ASUS Maximus VI Hero MOBO (I don't know if the onboard is good or not) and was considering a network card, since I'll be online a lot (Games like BF4 Online, Surfing the Web, etc.).

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September 22, 2013 1:24:11 PM

What you are referring to is channel bonding (go here for more info): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_bonding

Doing this on a typical home network will do nothing for you, especially for the on-line apps/games/uses you described. In a home network, you aren't limited by the speed of your internal network, usually. Rather, you are limited by the speed of your internet connection itself.

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September 22, 2013 1:34:19 PM

COLGeek said:
What you are referring to is channel bonding (go here for more info): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_bonding

Doing this on a typical home network will do nothing for you, especially for the on-line apps/games/uses you described. In a home network, you aren't limited by the speed of your internal network, usually. Rather, you are limited by the speed of your internet connection itself.



Oh I get it, so the real benefit would be upgrading the home network... but still, had the problem been with the PC's network itself and not my home network, where would it benefit?
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September 22, 2013 1:57:55 PM

Yes, the real benefit would be to purchase a faster internet service package. Bonding 2 channels, for example, on your home network would far exceed any package you could purchase (one likely does as well for that matter), so you would see no gain in internet performance.

Bonding is usually done in corporate environments where systems have to move huge amounts of data between clients and/or servers.

Neat to know about, but not really relevant to what you are trying to do.
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