Why two nics on motherboard Tags: LAN Internet Service Providers Motherboards Networking Last response: June 7, 2012 7:30 PM in Networking Share flashpop May 31, 2012 12:21:19 AM I have an Asus Maximus Extreme motherboard. It comes with two built in NIC's. I wonder why? Can I get more bandwidth with two? Would'nt I need a second internet isp? Thanks to anyone shedding light on this question! -jer More about : nics motherboard | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove busymaverick May 31, 2012 1:50:01 AM Two LAN cards can be used for Internet connection sharing(make your computer with this motherboard as a router. but u cannot get more bandwidth | Report abuse Hawkeye22 Motherboard Expert June 4, 2012 12:57:23 PM You can use one as a backup, or you can connect to two different networks at the same time. if you have a router or switch that does ganging, you might be able to gang the two ports for faster speeds. | Report abuse spartanmk2 June 7, 2012 7:30:51 PM Its like a spare NIC that acts like a 1 port hub/switch and will share your computers' internet connection to a second computer if you have limited open ports in your home network. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Networking>Why two nics on motherboard> Related ressources: ForumMotherboard with two nics ? ForumTwo NICs ForumDifferent NICs , vastly different performances?... ForumBridging Nics ForumA7V400-MX - toasted on-board NICs Forumburning up NICs ForumTwo NICs in one machine and same LAN? ForumWhy does the K8WE have two ethernet ports anyway? ForumNeed buying advice on X58 motherboard with SATA III, USB 3.0, dual NIC ForumBenefits of two wireless nics on a single laptop ForumUsing 2 nics on server or not? ForumWhy do most motherboards come with dual network adapters / hookups ? ForumMultiple NICs acting as one big one? ForumDual NICs in Vista = problematic ForumW2K3 with 2 NICs and 2 ISPs strange problem. ForumCan't get NICs working on eVGA 680i. ForumUse Both NICs ForumRouter Setup ForumWhy cant i see the router via my switch ForumFoxconn motherboard drivers More resources Read discussions in other Networking categories Routers Gateways VPN LAN WAN Firewalls Cisco Netgear !