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Well my 780i has dual gigabit lan ports. Ive never had these before so im sort of a noob with them.
Whats the point of them? What do they allow you to do?
I herd that they let you connect to two networks, if you need to?

Thanks
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it lets you have twice the bandwidth?
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yes you can connect to two networks to share data over both of them. the way that i use my dual gigbit nics is to bring in my internet connection from one of them, and share that internet out the other one for the rest of my network. I think though you can only get one internet connection out of them, so you can't connect to two internets at once.
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yes you can connect to two networks to share data over both of them. the way that i use my dual gigbit nics is to bring in my internet connection from one of them, and share that internet out the other one for the rest of my network. I think though you can only get one internet connection out of them, so you can't connect to two internets at once.
So could i connect my pc directly to modem, them use the other lan port to connect my pc to my router so the rest of the house can get internet?
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yes but you need a crossover cable. at least for me i did. I connect my laptop via wireless and then out to my xbox so i can use that. I would think its the same thing,
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yes you can connect to two networks to share data over both of them. the way that i use my dual gigbit nics is to bring in my internet connection from one of them, and share that internet out the other one for the rest of my network. I think though you can only get one internet connection out of them, so you can't connect to two internets at once.
This is not a good practice unless you are running a dedicated linux-box as a firewall/router.


Yes, they are mostly used to connect to 2 different networks.

No, there isn't much of a benefit to regular users for having dual NICs on board since you cannot have them running on the same IP range.
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OMG people, stop using PC(s) firewall/routing purposes

Buy a cheapo Linksys WRT54G or WRT54GS and hack its firmware with one of the zillion linux based firmware developers and there you go.
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OMG people, stop using PC(s) firewall/routing purposes

Buy a cheapo Linksys WRT54G or WRT54GS and hack its firmware with one of the zillion linux based firmware developers and there you go.
This is exactly what I would be doing, but I have never been able to configure a router to work correctly in the dorms where I live. The school is very restrictive on what I can and cannot let pass through, which makes it hard for a router to work. By logging into the Cisco Clean Access software that they make us use here, and then sharing my internet, I am able to get xbox live to work, whereas if I just plugged in my xbox to the wall this would not work at all.
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I have 2. Internet in one and 360 in the other. I use ICS and share my internet connection and also use windows media center on my xbox with it.
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