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Hmm 2 NIC's one mobo Please help the noob
finder 
26/8/08 9:59:39 PM
Serf
I have Gigabyte EX38-DS5 and it has two gigabit onboard NIC's what i wanted to know is it possible to have to cat5e/6 cables going to a switch on a lan to either load balance or speed up network transfer for both upload and downloading

Please help.... i have a lan this weekend LOL

edit: Ive been googling alot and i came up with these two keywords teaming network adapters and Link aggregation... help


Edited by finder: 26/8/2008 10:01:59 PM

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sirsquidness 
26/8/08 10:21:24 PM
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Yes you can, but you need a switch that supports link aggregation (802.3ab).

If you're using cheap unmanaged switches, you have no chance of it. You'll just confused the poor switch if it doesn't do 802.3ab.

If you're using layer 2 or 3 managed switches, you have a much better chance of having it. Not sure if it needs to be set up in the switch as well as the PC. I know if it's a switch to switch link it generally does need to be.

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smadge1 
26/8/08 10:26:17 PM
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The switch has to be configured, and you'll need teaming support for the NICs, on server boards, there are usually utilities provided by the board or chipset manufacturer to do this.

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finder 
26/8/08 10:33:23 PM
Serf
Ok i know the switch supports it, but im not sure if my NIC's do, are there any third party applications for the teaming process?

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garlic 
27/8/08 12:01:04 AM
Overlord

I daresay you would need a utility provided by the manufacturor of the network chipset. What sort of nics are they?

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finder 
27/8/08 12:13:32 AM
Serf
They are Realtek RTL8168/8111b Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet
Onboard NIC's

Thats as displayed in device manager

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aliali 
27/8/08 8:09:36 AM
SuperHero
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Plus it would only help with LAN file transfers, not downloads from and uploads to the internet. Also the other PC on the PAN will have to have the same setup.

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finder 
27/8/08 12:40:52 PM
Serf
I know that it wouldnt help wan speeds at all, im worried about the 50 computers connected to the switch to leech off me...

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and I havent found it yet...

finder 
27/8/08 2:15:24 PM
Serf
and why would a mobo come with two ports other then using the computer as a router, i mean if i had two pcs sitting next to each other it would work a treat one port for wan and one for the other pc but there should definitly be support for the teaming process surely...

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smadge1 
27/8/08 2:43:01 PM
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http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/Manual_DownloadFile.aspx?FileType=Manual&FileI

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sirsquidness 
27/8/08 6:13:41 PM
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Quote by finder
I know that it wouldnt help wan speeds at all, im worried about the 50 computers connected to the switch to leech off me...



From what I've read on the interwebs about this (I will be setting this up on my Gigabyte GA-EX38-DS4 in teh next few weeks too), it wont help a single connection get dual gigabit speeds (to prevent problems, it assigns individual connections a single port to use), but if you have two or more it will load balance all the connections to be evenly spread over the two ports.

Also note that unless you have an awesome RAID array or a RAM drive there is no point doing this. Single consumer hard drives have no chance of exceeding a single gigabit connection by themselves.

What I'd recommend doing (pending the above two scenarios being true) is using the two ports seperately, and forcing file sharing to one interface, and the other for games to use (by setting it to the highest priority*). However, this will only benefit you if the stuff being leeched is on a seperate hard drive to where the games are installed.

This setup means that you get essentially lag free gaming, and people can still rape your leech hard drive.

* - To do this, go in to network connections. Up in the file/edit/etc menus, go to Advanced, then Advanced Settings, then put the "gaming" adapter at the top of the access order list.

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smadge1 
27/8/08 6:27:47 PM
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Or use separate LANs or VLANs, one for leeching and the other for gaming.

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finder 
27/8/08 10:08:16 PM
Serf
Thanks guys for your help, i am deffinitely going for the vlan, it only makes sense to do it this way as i lack any sas or scsi drives so teaming would be pointless atm maybe in the future

YOU HELPED THE NOOB!!!!!

thanks

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aliali 
28/8/08 7:54:50 AM
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Quote by finder
I know that it wouldnt help wan speeds at all, im worried about the 50 computers connected to the switch to leech off me...


Quote by finder
Thanks guys for your help, i am deffinitely going for the vlan, it only makes sense to do it this way as i lack any sas or scsi drives so teaming would be pointless atm maybe in the future

YOU HELPED THE NOOB!!!!!

thanks


In a big LAN environment the people holding the LAN should be enforcing use of DC++ so that leeching can be stopped during gaming, otherwise the LAN can be so flooded that gaming becomes near impossible.

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sirsquidness 
31/8/08 5:50:54 PM
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Quote by aliali

In a big LAN environment the people holding the LAN should be enforcing use of DC++ so that leeching can be stopped during gaming, otherwise the LAN can be so flooded that gaming becomes near impossible.


QoS ftw. Because of course, you're using managed switches in a big LAN environment... Granted, it's not perfect, but it gives you a bit more room for error.

Also, even if you stop the DC++ server, people can still leech, as long as they were already connected to the server before it was shut down. Unless there's a way to tell teh server to tell the clients to stop leeching?

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