Dual NICs in my home file/media server

Discussion in 'General NAS Discussion' started by Lazzerman, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Lazzerman

    Lazzerman New Around Here

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    Hi guys,

    I'm running a Windows 8 machine as file/web and media-server. I was thinking about adding an extra NIC to the machine. My reasoning was like this:

    1. I'll share the media-drives over one IP adress/NIC
    2. And use the other NIC for files/backups on another IP adress

    So even if I load the backup NIC 100%, the media-streaming will be unaffected.

    Media and backup/files are on separate harddrives and hdd controllers.

    Am I thinking straight? :)

    Best regards,

    Lars Siden
     
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  3. 00Roush

    00Roush Very Senior Member

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    Not a bad idea to have dual NICs if you are planning on having lots of network traffic. Hard part might be how to share only certain things over a specific NIC. Pretty sure you can do it with VLANs but it takes a bit more work.

    My thought is why not just get a dual port Intel NIC that can do teaming. This is what I use in my server. The two ports get teamed and have the same IP address. Then you can set it up to spread the load across the two ports. So you can have one port being maxed out doing a file transfer and the other port would automatically service any other requests. The nice thing about the Intel cards is you can do all of this in the driver and don't even need a special switch. Typically you can find the Intel PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server adapters for around $30-$40 on ebay. Actually the HP NC360T is a HP branded version of this card and can sometimes be found cheaper. http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-NC360T-D...US_Internal_Network_Cards&hash=item20d0003a92 The only downside is these cards will only fit in a PCI-E x4, x8, or x16 slot. Other than that they work great.

    Hope that helps.

    00Roush
     
  4. Lazzerman

    Lazzerman New Around Here

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the input! Actually, I just started looking at teaming paired with a good Intel NIC that will do TCP offloading.

    I'll give it a try with the onboard intel NIC and see if it works!

    // Lazze
     

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