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The new motherboard I am getting has 2 Ethernet ports and supports teaming. I couldn't seem to find much current information on it other than really old posts. From what I gather, it is mainly useful for servers and just increases bandwidth with multiple connections? confused.gif
Could someone explain it further and what the advantage to it is and if I should use it?

Thanks in advance!!! biggrin.gif
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Page #60: ftp://174.142.97.10/manual/Fatal1ty%20Z68%20Professional%20Gen3.pdf
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Increases your available LAN bandwidth depending on which teaming method you use.

The most common will 'round robin' your ethernet links and send a packet out of each one (effectively giving 2 gigabit). The only stipulation to this is that all of your clients will still be on a singular gigabit link (but you should be able to provide more bandwidth to more clients concurrently assuming your disk can keep up).

For a home environment it's essentially a waste of time.
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You need a router or switch that supports teaming, and it's only really expensive enterprise level equipment that does. For home users, it's pretty pointless.

What teaming does, is pretend both NICs are one, with one IP address, so you can get double the throughput, and less latency when you have a really busy network. You need your main network hardware to support it too, and the investment to make it work means it's really only useful for servers in medium or larger businesses.
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You need a router or switch that supports teaming, and it's only really expensive enterprise level equipment that does. For home users, it's pretty pointless.

What teaming does, is pretend both NICs are one, with one IP address, so you can get double the throughput, and less latency when you have a really busy network. You need your main network hardware to support it too, and the investment to make it work means it's really only useful for servers in medium or larger businesses.

Ahh thank you! Very insightful! Guess it's a pointless shiny feature for me lol rolleyes.gif

Also thank you everyone else who replied. Very helpful!!!
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