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Connecting NIC to switch ports

Shivkumar
Super Advisor

Connecting NIC to switch ports

Hi,

I have heard some boxes has 2-4 NIC cards having 1 GigaBits per sec speed per NIC.

My question how do we connect these NIC cards to switch? Do we connect individual NIC cards to switch ports or use some special tricks ?

Thanks,
Shiv
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Nido
Trusted Contributor

Re: Connecting NIC to switch ports

Hello Shiv,

Elaborate your question.?

If you're looking for network link to improve aggregate throughput and load balancing then Check HP APA which is licensed Software.

http://www.hp.com/products1/serverconnectivity/adapters/apa_prodbrief.html

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Suraj K Sankari
Honored Contributor

Re: Connecting NIC to switch ports

Hi,
>>My question how do we connect these NIC cards to switch? Do we connect individual NIC cards to switch ports or use some special tricks

What I understand you want to use that NIC card which is having GigaBits speed.
well you need to set the speed of you NIC card as well as your Switch port also having the Gigabits ports.

you need to set the speed both, server and switch end and you can connect fiber patch cord or patch cord which is support Gigabits.

Suraj
Shivkumar
Super Advisor

Re: Connecting NIC to switch ports

I wanted to know, do we connect 4 NIC cards to 4 different switch ports ?
Torsten.
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Connecting NIC to switch ports

I'm not sure if I really understand the question ... you connect a cable between each NIC and a port of the switch - what else?

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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Asif Sharif
Honored Contributor

Re: Connecting NIC to switch ports

Hi shiv,

Yes you can but why what you want to achieve?

Regards,
Asif Sharif
sujit kumar singh
Honored Contributor

Re: Connecting NIC to switch ports

hi

If you want to add up the troughput and also the fail-protection you can connect all those to Switch ports and start using the APA that is Auto Port Aggregation.

regards
sujit
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Connecting NIC to switch ports

Shalom Shiv,

No tricks, just hook them up.

If you plan on using APA, Auto Port Aggregation, special configuration may be required for a Cisco switch.

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Ganesan R
Honored Contributor

Re: Connecting NIC to switch ports

Hi,

You need seperate switch port to connect each Gigabit ethernet cards. Note that switch also should be cabable of supporting 1Gbps speed.
Best wishes,

Ganesh.