Multilink Network Cards

Posted on 2004-11-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
I am interested in mutlilinking network cards on a new system I have.  It has two network cards, and I want to bind them together some how, just like multilinking modems.  Is there a way to do this with network cards in Windows 2000/2003/XP?
Question by:jrbush82
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    Windows does not have multilinking capability in itself.
    Ability to multilinking (or teaming) depends on NIC drivers.
    At least Intel supports teaming for certain adapters:
    Not sure about other vendors, but I suggest you do a search at their sites for info.

    hope this helps

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    jhautani is correct,,,, it all depends on your NIC,,, the nic drivers basically "fool" the OS into thinking there is only one nic on the machine, and since MS doesn't make NICs you have to get the drivers from your nic vendor.  Below is a good article from MS that explains the differences between load balancing and teamed nics (they are often confused)

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