What is the best method for teaming 2 NIC's on in this case a NAS (see screenshot)

Hi all,

I have a NAS with dual NIC and want to team them for the best overall performance when copying over the network. I have never done this before. Does anyone know what would be the best method by the given options / protocols.

Thankx,
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AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Which version of the Netgear ReadyNAS are you using?
What makes you believe that the Network Interface is the limiting factor?  What version of raid are you using and what type of drives?
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giltjrCommented:
Will both NIC's be connected to the same switch or different switches?  What brand and model switches?
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AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
It is a ReadyNAS 316 with 4 7200rpm sata disks. It is x-raid in RAID5. I don't say the nic is the limiting factor, but since I have 2 NIC's, I want to use the max. available. They are both connected to the same Netgear GB switch, so there is 2 x 1Gb available.
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carlrjrCommented:
My choice would be 1) Adaptive Load Balancing or if switch can be configured to use LACP I would use 2) IEEE 802.3ad LACP .  I make this recommendation based on this support information:

http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/23076/~/what-are-bonded-adapters-and-how-do-they-work-with-my-readynas-os-6-storage
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giltjrCommented:
I agree with carlrjr.  If the switch supports LACP use that, if not then adaptive.
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MattCommented:
OK, if you have 1 Gb link, then you can transfer files up to 125 MBytes per second, with LACP you can in theory achieve double but you will have to have client that can use all of this bandwidth. I would prefer link aggregation with failover - if one link goes down, you can still access NAS.
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AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I am sorry, this has taken me way to long. I have used Adaptive Load Balancing, works perfect.
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