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When I install Intel Lan driver (18.3, gigabit lan, specifically for z87x-ud3h but im sure its same for any modern intel board), it also says "Advanced Network Services" during what to install, and it says it's for 'Teaming and VLAN"

What in the world is this stuff? Searching didn't bring up any results around on this forum or anything.

Thanks
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When I install Intel Lan driver (18.3, gigabit lan, specifically for z87x-ud3h but im sure its same for any modern intel board), it also says "Advanced Network Services" during what to install, and it says it's for 'Teaming and VLAN"

What in the world is this stuff? Searching didn't bring up any results around on this forum or anything.

Thanks

Right, so the ANS component of your Intel driver package, as it says, is for some additional features that control network teaming and VLANs.
Looks like you only have a single network interface on that motherboard so teaming is out of the question (unless of course, you installed one or more additional compatible Intel network interfaces).

What is teaming? Teaming is quite simply the usage of two or more network interfaces to provide, in essence, fault tolerance (redundancy) and link aggregation (bandwidth increase). Depending on which teaming mode you use, you can attain both link aggregation and fault tolerance. Link aggregation takes many forms - quite a bit to explain, actually. Fault tolerance can provide redundancy for the network interfaces themselves, switch port fault tolerance or even entire switch redundancy.

VLANs are a totally different beast and is a feature offered on more expensive, enterprise or SoHo networking equipment (e.g. switches, often called managed switches, or for less expensive but more user friendly "web smart" switches). VLANs allow one or multiple switches to be configured in such a way that each port on the switch is a member of a specific group (they are much more complicated than this, I'm not going into detail).

For example, you might have a 48 port switch and it is shared amongst different rental spaces in a building - the network administrator would configure sets of ports that belong to their own group (VLAN) for each rental space (or "office") so that traffic does not get mixed between each. It is the same as using separate, non-linked physical switches - just in the same switch, and can offer additional functionality that physical switch separation cannot (beyond the scope of this post). Another common real-world usage of VLANs is the separation of voice (VoIP) traffic from normal network data.

And sometimes even entirely different network "types" are VLAN separated too (for example, at a head office the IT department might have a VLAN that grants them access to everything, whereas the staff have a restricted VLAN, and the WiFI network might also be VLAN segmented, with access be controlled by either a router or more likely the switch is operating at layer-3 of the network stack - if you want to know more about this let me know).

The ANS component is what handles some of this stuff for your Intel NIC. Because you have no use for teaming, and I doubt you have a switch that supports VLANs, you do not need to install this component.
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