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2 LAN ports ?

I have recently upgraded to a GIGABYTE z77 x-ud5h motherboard ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545 ) and I noticed it has 2 LAN ports. So my question is, what is the second port for ?
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  1. Nothing special, they are probably both the same and you can use either of them and it will work the same.

    For a desktop machine, having a 2nd LAN port can be useful to share an internet between 2 computers without a router (using NAT), other than that there's not much use for it.

    There might be other uses if the board is used in a server (load balancing, fault tolerance....)
  2. dalaran said:
    Nothing special, they are probably both the same and you can use either of them and it will work the same.

    For a desktop machine, having a 2nd LAN port can be useful to share an internet between 2 computers without a router (using NAT), other than that there's not much use for it.

    There might be other uses if the board is used in a server (load balancing, fault tolerance....)

    So I could use it as a splitter ? I have an ethernet cable going to my computer from my router and then could I have another cable going to my xbox from the computer ?
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    Yes, I haven't done this in ages but windows XP or more does support it

    Check these out

    Windows XP : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306126

    Windows Vista or 7 : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Using-ICS-Internet-Connection-Sharing
  4. Typically multiple LAN's are used for 'Teaming' or for LAN Parties for the other PC's. If you have a Home Server or Peer-to-Peer you can effectively double the bandwidth -- sort of like 'Bridging.' Your Router must support these features...most consumer lines do not support e.g. 'Teaming' aka Link aggregation.

    This is not useful for Internet, but if you're transferring/sharing/databases large amounts of data then it's very useful.

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  6. Thanks!
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