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Windows 7: 2 nics on same computer

23 Aug 2009   #1
lshaun

Windows 7 build 7264
 
 
2 nics on same computer

i have a 8MB connection down 512KB up (bytes not bits) broadband and a netgear router. i have like 6 people in my house connected to my router and everythings all good nothing wrong there. i'm running windows 7 rtm build 7264. i got two nics and i was wondering if i can plug them both in and use some programs on one nic and other programs for the other? it didn't work when i had xp or when i had vista and i couldn't find information on exactly why it won't work (yes i searched all over the internet) but win 7 seems to have some new features i'm still discovering. it says its going through a switch but its not? (i'm Mad-Labs)



my original connection is 192.168.1.15 and my second nic is 192.168.1.4. also my original question was if that was possible but after checking my network connections in eset smart security 4 i realized that my program utorrent was using both of them at the same time already!




now my question is how can i set my lan 1 to use everything else and not utorrent and lan 2 to only use utorrent?


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23 Aug 2009   #2
Antman

 

What's the point? Either port's capability exceeds the capacity of the connection.

Both ports terminate on the same loop.
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23 Aug 2009   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As Antman said, there is no point. Your NIC's are connected most likely at 100mbps....and your internet is only 8mbps. So, you aren't going to get any performance increases trying to spread the load across 2 NIC's. I concur 100% in his assessment and second his thoughts.
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23 Aug 2009   #4
lshaun

Windows 7 build 7264
 
 

i''m a big torrent downloader and it stays on 24/7 and whenever i'm doing some heavy downloading especially multiple torrents from hundreds of connections, my browsing and everything else that accesses the internet is slow. if i go to another computer in my house then it works fine, i'm not killing my entire internet connection's speed which is why i wanted to put it on my lan 2. if i had a spare computer then i would just use it for downloading but i don't which is why i'm trying to do it this way? i'm not trying to spread the load between two nics i'm trying to give one program its own nic. everything else can be on the other.
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23 Aug 2009   #5
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lshaun View Post
i''m a big torrent downloader and it stays on 24/7 and whenever i'm doing some heavy downloading especially multiple torrents from hundreds of connections, my browsing and everything else that accesses the internet is slow. if i go to another computer in my house then it works fine, i'm not killing my entire internet connection's speed which is why i wanted to put it on my lan 2. if i had a spare computer then i would just use it for downloading but i don't which is why i'm trying to do it this way? i'm not trying to spread the load between two nics i'm trying to give one program its own nic. everything else can be on the other.
This is probably due to your upload not being limited here...that will kill your internet speed
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23 Aug 2009   #6
Antman

 

Load balancing is a valid alternative.

The problem you are experiencing is intensive I/O, both on the disk and the NIC. I strongly believe that if you were to assign your downloads to a folder on a second physical volume, on a separate controller, your problem will diminish greatly.

If you are going to continue such intensive disk I/O, a RAID0 volume for the downloads is prescribed.
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24 Aug 2009   #7
lshaun

Windows 7 build 7264
 
 

yeah it is my upload speed that is killing everything else which is why i'm trying to find a way around it. my downloads go to my second storage drive too. its not raid though just a regular ide. well just what is my computer doing? is it using both of them at the same time or is it switching back and forth real fast? i noticed that all of my programs start using my lan 2 connection as soon as i plug it in, i don't know why, maybe cause its not static. my lan 1 is static though. only utorrent uses both of them.

i read up some on load balancing but i don't think my cards support it cause i couldn't find out how to cut it on?
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24 Aug 2009   #8
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lshaun View Post
yeah it is my upload speed that is killing everything else which is why i'm trying to find a way around it. my downloads go to my second storage drive too. its not raid though just a regular ide. well just what is my computer doing? is it using both of them at the same time or is it switching back and forth real fast? i noticed that all of my programs start using my lan 2 connection as soon as i plug it in, i don't know why, maybe cause its not static. my lan 1 is static though. only utorrent uses both of them.

i read up some on load balancing but i don't think my cards support it cause i couldn't find out how to cut it on?
How come you can't limit your upload?
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24 Aug 2009   #9
lshaun

Windows 7 build 7264
 
 

i can limit my upload speed but thats not what i want to do. i want to utilize my extra nic card and find a way to send certain traffic through a certain nic. just like in my other post i don't have a spare computer laying around that i can use just for downloading so i'm trying to find a way around it. i mean clearly both of my cards are being used at the same time i'm just looking for a way to control what programs go to what nic.

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24 Aug 2009   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

But if this were his upload speed, then why would using another computer through the same Internet connection be just fine? My experience is that when 1 computer is saturating the upload bandwidth on the network....then all of the other machines on the network suffer...even with bringing up basic webpages and such.
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