Teaming is a function of Gigabyte motherboards that have two Ethernet adaptors. The teaming utility lets the two adaptors act as one connection. This effectively doubles the bandwidth of your Internet connection if you have two sources, like a DSL and cable modem. The teaming function also provides fault tolerance for Internet connectivity. If one connection goes down, you will remain connected through the other. Teaming is enabled through a utility from Realtek that is supplied with the motherboard.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Put the motherboard driver disk in the CD-ROM drive. The Gigabyte utility will auto-run. Click "Application Software." Click "Install Application Software." Click the "Install" button under "Realtek Ethernet Teaming Utility." The drivers will install. Reboot the computer.
Open the Windows Start menu and click "All Programs." Scroll to the "Realtek Teaming and VLAN" folder and click it. Click "Realtek Teaming and VLAN Utility."
Press the "Ctrl" key and click the two adaptors you want to team. Click the radio button next to the teaming mode you want to use. "General Switch Mode" lets both connections be used, but does not combine them. "Fast/Giga EtherChannel (FEC/GEC)" and "Link Aggregation\LACP (802.3ad)" require support from the network switch or router for those protocols.
Click "Teaming." When the two connections are teamed, a dialogue box will open that says "Create Virtual Adapter for Teaming Complete." Click "OK."
Reopen the Windows Start menu. Click "Control Panel," then "Network and Sharing Center." There will be one adaptor showing for the Local Area Connection. Click "Local Area Connection." The speed of the connection will be 2 gigabytes per second.
Tips and warnings
- To remove teaming and return each network adaptor to individual operation, open the "Realtek Teaming and VLAN Utility." Click "Remove."
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