Any advantages to plug in twice to the same network? Tags: Switch Computers Networking Last response: November 2, 2010 10:19 PM in Networking Share Catsrules October 30, 2010 5:32:49 AM I was wondering, I have two gigabit Network cards in my computer, Is there any advantages I would get put plugging in twice? Or would I just be wasting a precious port on my gigabit switch? More about : advantages plug network Emerald October 31, 2010 2:32:59 PM Usually your PC only uses one NIC at a time; therefore, it is a waste. m 0 l Catsrules October 31, 2010 8:01:26 PM I am guessing it is the same for server 2008? I am using it as a file server, nothing fancy. m 0 l Related resources Slow network connection/internet until unplug - plug cable twice. - Forum Using the same Windows 8 Key twice? - Forum Use activation key on the same computer twice? - Forum can't see network printer unless its plugged into same router - Forum PCI-E SSD's and mSata's: Same advantages? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Emerald October 31, 2010 10:37:52 PM Look into load balancing it might help if you have a lot of simultaneous file access m 0 l Plumble November 1, 2010 5:39:16 PM Intel did used to have a system for taking advantage of multiple network connections, however I'm only aware of it on thier 10/100 cards. m 0 l Emerald November 1, 2010 5:49:53 PM I think you will find the info you need hear. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771300%28W... m 0 l riser November 1, 2010 7:21:04 PM Depending on your hardware, you can look into 'Teaming.' Dell supports Broadcom NIC teaming. m 0 l Catsrules November 1, 2010 9:34:17 PM riser said:Depending on your hardware, you can look into 'Teaming.' Dell supports Broadcom NIC teaming. Hmm, it is a Dell power shot, but it has dual Intel pro cards, Do you think they will still support it? m 0 l riser November 2, 2010 12:29:05 PM Probably. Check out Dell's site or do a google search on the intel pro cards and teaming. The only benefit you will get is on your local LAN. That would only be a benefit if the gigabit connection is saturated. Heavy backend traffic, transferring large files, etc, could make it saturated. If you're not in a medium to large environment, I doubt you will see anything above a minor improvement. m 0 l xxsk8er101xx November 2, 2010 9:42:54 PM The cards need to support teaming. There are 2 ways to handle teaming. Either teamed together as one card giving you 2GB or as a backup using one card and the other as a fail over. The benefit is there but they need to be the same card and support teaming. It's similar to RAID. Catsrules said:I was wondering, I have two gigabit Network cards in my computer, Is there any advantages I would get put plugging in twice? Or would I just be wasting a precious port on my gigabit switch? m 0 l Catsrules November 2, 2010 9:43:26 PM Yeah, I got it working, it now saids it is going at 2gbps. But I can't tell any difference in speed. Owell it is kinda cool to see it say it is running at 2 gbps m 0 l Catsrules November 2, 2010 9:56:14 PM So if I make it act as a backup could I unplug the main one when it is copying file and it would act like nothing happened, and finish copying the files, or will it take a second to switch over? m 0 l xxsk8er101xx November 2, 2010 10:19:35 PM Just leave it at 2gb just because you probably don't need a fail over. The only way you'll notice a difference is if you copy files over to your computer otherwise its just a talking point. Catsrules said:So if I make it act as a backup could I unplug the main one when it is copying file and it would act like nothing happened, and finish copying the files, or will it take a second to switch over? m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Wondering about using the "same" activation key twice on two different PCs. Forum SolvedAdvantages of same brand motherboard and video card? 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