How do I team two NIC cards?

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How do I team two NIC cards?
From Windows 2000 onwards, teaming two or more NIC cards has been a piece of cake. (carte réseau image by François Roche from Fotolia.com)

There are many advantages to having multiple Network Interface Cards (NIC) in your system, and your operating system offers many useful ways of configuring them to work together. Once they are working together, you can use two network cards to make your computer act as a router.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Go to your "Start" menu and click on "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    If you are in Category View, go to "Network and Internet Connections," then click "Network Connections." If you are using Classic View, just click "Network Connections."

  3. 3

    Double-click one of the connections (each representing a Network Interface Card) you would like to team.

  4. 4

    Click "Properties" in the new window that shows up.

  5. 5

    Scroll down the list in the window to "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)." Click it and click the "Properties" button below the list.

  6. 6

    Click "Use the following IP address" and define a static IP where it says "IP address." Place your router or modem's IP (if that connection pertains to a router or modem) under "Default gateway." Make sure you are defining the Network Interface Card's IP address on the same subnet as your router/modem. For example, if you have a router with the IP address 192.168.1.1, you should define an IP address with 192, 168 and 1 as the first three numbers. You should do this for all Network Interface Cards you would like to team up.

  7. 7

    Click "OK" to exit the "Internet Protocol Properties" window and then click "OK" on the Properties window that was behind it to exit it.

  8. 8

    Repeat this process with every Network Interface Card you would like to team.

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