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DDR-PIII said:Ok, I have my two D-Link 538TX 10/100 connected to each other VIA crossover cable @ 100mbps/full duplex. I also have 1 SMC EZ Card "11 12" 10/100 in each computer. Connected VIA HUB @ auto speed/duplex. I get a max transferrate of 11,XXXkb/sec with the D-Links how they are, & and max transferrate of 1,1XXkb/sec with the SMC's how they are. I was able to bridge them both and the computer took away both IP's from the NIC's on both computer and have them to the "brigde" computer #1 wiuth "192.168.0.1" & computer 2 with "192.168.0.2" but the bridge didnt work. it only used the D-Links. So is there a way to do what i want to do ? [/QUOTE
JasonKosi said:The general terminolofy for combining multiple interfaces into a single logical entity is known as trunking. Most advanced switches (think $1000 and above) are capable of it though, in general, standard PC NIC's aren't.
The technology involved is both hardware and software; i.e. you'd need both the hardware and the software to support it. You aren't likely to find this type of advanced capability in ANYTHING produced by D-Link or SMC. Even Intel's more advanced cards that might support it probably won't for anything other thank Win2K or XP.Net (I know that for the longest time their linux drivers didn't support 802.1p and q VLAN tagging).
Now, the more important point here is that you really aren't likely to see much of an improvement, even if your could.
If I understand what you were trying to do with bridging, I don't think that it works the way your were thinking it should. When you bridge connections in XP, you are turning your computer into a very overpriced switch. If you create a bridge and you connect a computer to two bridged ports, you will end up with a loop and bad things happen.
My advice to you is to take the bandwidth that your D-Links are giving you and be happy.
crash893 said:in xp i belive you can bridge the nic cards to act as one but i dont know for sure
im sure there is some thrid party software some wehre that will do it if you do a google search
alrox said:trunks do not increase bandwidth on a given link, they only allow multiple vlans to exist on one physical link. larger bandwidth connections(gigabit) or possibly etherhchannel(depends on topology and role of box in the network) are the only way to have one box send/receive > 100mbps on a single network.