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. 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. Related resources Slow network connection/internet until unplug - plug cable twice . - Forum Router plugged into LAN twice - Forum Assuming that you have the same MPEG material being transm.. - Forum Advantages of 64 bit OS...??? - Forum XP computer showing up twice in Win 7 network map - 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 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. 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... riser November 1, 2010 7:21:04 PM Depending on your hardware, you can look into 'Teaming.' Dell supports Broadcom NIC teaming. 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? 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. 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? 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 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? 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? Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumPlug graphics card into montior twice ? ForumDoes hyper-threading really mean twice the power?? ForumWhat card is twice as good as a nVidia GeForce 8400GS? ForumBottom mounted psu blows up twice ? ForumThree practical advantages of Windows 7 ForumHow can I plug my computer into the same phone line ForumIs it worth twice the money for Corsair Dominators ForumMixing in the Box/Summing Forumneed for redundancy: ethernet-address twice in one LAN ForumUsing same boot drive ssd for pc and laptop possible? ForumSuggestions on Network setup over 400 IP devices on same network ForumWhat are all advantages in motherboard ASUS P5Q-E in compare with ASUS ForumHow to setup a 1GB Gigabyte Network ForumPrinter doesnt pickup on my network ForumHow to block webpages and internet in a Network More resources Read discussions in other Networking categories Routers Gateways VPN LAN WAN Firewalls Cisco Netgear !