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Possible too increase internet speed using 2 ethernet ports?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Xazax, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Xazax


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    My motherboard supports 2 ethernet ports and i was wondering if hooking one up to my router to one ISP, and the other directly connectly to my ISP would it be possible to increase my bandwith this way?

    Also ive heard about "teaming" and bridging ports but what are they exactly?
  2. sneekypeet

    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

    Apr 12, 2006
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    No. I tried it on my GB.

    Not exactly up to snuff on the bridging and or teaming, the only use I really saw for two ports was if you want to make your PC a mid point for the signal.
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  3. Steevo


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    If you have two independent connections that each have their own bandwidth of lets say 10Mbps you can use windows or other devices to bridge them and get better throughput in certain situations. Depending on the server on the other end and type of connection it may or may not do you any good. For gaming it won't as you connect with one IP, and that single node is the real world IP of only one connection.

    Bridging is more for the firewall or access point of multiple users to alleviate slow connections by load balancing users and bandwidth, however most modern firewalls will do this better and allow more user configuration than a windows PC will.
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  4. Wrigleyvillain

    Wrigleyvillain PTFO or GTFO

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    If your internet is only coming in at, say, 10 Mbps then you aren't even taking advantage of your single 100baseT ethernet connection in the context of your connection to the outside world and increasing the bandwidth to your ISP is pointless.

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