Ethernet Channel Bonding

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Tue Nov 25 18:34:35 UTC 2003

Jim Christiansen wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> I've just joined the list and need to bite the bullet and tryout 
> Fedora.  I've got about 100 RedHat9 boxes being served NIS and NFS'ed 
> home from one RH9 box.  The one main server also serves 30 thin-clients.
> I have posted this to the K12LTSP list as well, so I know that a few 
> of you may recognize this mesage- sorry for repeats.
> I want to increase the network capacity on the main server by adding 
> another nic to the same subnet.  I'm not a networking or Linux pro, 
> but this short article may do the trick for me.
> The article speaks about one nic recieving and one nic transmitting- 
> sounds OK. Then it continues by stating that each nic plugs into its 
> own hub or switch- OK too, if the switches can be linked.
> I ask for your comments and really appreciate any help.
> Thanks,
> Jim

Jim, I doubt it would use one card to recieve and another to send.. In 
my mind that would be pointless.. it would mean you were simulating a 
full duplex ethernet connection with 2 half duplex conenctions..

What is more logical is that it would load balance over the two cards or 
route return traffic back over the card that recieved it... either way 
both cards should send and recieve to gain a benefit of increased 
throughput.. but anyway give it a try and see how it goes..

Here is another alternative source specifically 
the sections on split access and load balancing..


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