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Pair of gigabit controllers?

Postby sbohdan » Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:43 am

Why would you need them and how do you connect both? Why is a single controller not enough? I keep seeing motherboard reviews where a pair of these seem to be a must feature for gaming. Why and is there any other application that can employ two controllers?
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Re: Pair of gigabit controllers?

Postby skier » Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:59 am

I assume you mean just two RJ45 plugs on the I/O, my assumption was for failover or in case one dies but I suppose you could set them up half-duplex and use one for receiving and one for outgoing packets, but either way is limited by switch/router, so.... meh. :dunno: I know it's failover for servers anyway :)
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Re: Pair of gigabit controllers?

Postby sbohdan » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:51 pm

I was thinking of this line: "To connect you to the interweb there are a pair of Realtek 8111G Gigabit Ethernet controllers built into the board to get the job done."
Read more at http://www.legitreviews.com/ecs-z87h3-a ... A3rcgmX.99

So why is having two ethernet controllers a key feature?
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Re: Pair of gigabit controllers?

Postby Major_A » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:00 pm

I think it's more so you can run 2 in a version of NIC RAID (aka Teaming). Realtek has an app to do this but I could never get it to work with my old board.

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Re: Pair of gigabit controllers?

Postby sbohdan » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:36 pm

Hm, The article says it's an essential feature of the MOBO but nobody's sure why :)
Does anyone know for sure?
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Re: Pair of gigabit controllers?

Postby kenc51 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:01 am

Simple:

If you want to connect to two different networks
If you want the reduncancy of two network links
If you want link aggregation, ieee 802.xx - this way you could have a 2GBps connection to another network device or client
A seperate network link to your NAS/SAN storage
To run your PC as a gateway/firewall with one link to the internet and the other for your LAN

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Re: Pair of gigabit controllers?

Postby sbohdan » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:31 am

kenc51 wrote:Simple:

If you want to connect to two different networks
If you want the reduncancy of two network links
If you want link aggregation, ieee 802.xx - this way you could have a 2GBps connection to another network device or client
A seperate network link to your NAS/SAN storage
To run your PC as a gateway/firewall with one link to the internet and the other for your LAN


Thanks. This is the answer I was lokking for =D>
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Re: Pair of gigabit controllers?

Postby kenc51 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:13 pm

No problem


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