Bridging Two NIC Cards

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Bridging is usually used when you wish to combine two network connections, but not necessarily have them doing the same task.

Bridged mode is a simplified version of teaming. In a nutshell all bridging does is allow the computer to see both network connections as 1, and use the bandwidth of both at the same time. It's also the only "teaming" type option available on non-server OS's.

It will do:
Increase speed on downloads
failover
redundancy
Bandwidth

Note both NIC cards each with its assigned IP by DHCP server.

Ethernet 2: 192.168.1.14

Ethernet 1: 192.168.1.9 - Note that I have all of my services pointing to my .9 address.

both cards

  • Go to your NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER by clicking on your network icon right from your task bar
  • From there you want to click on CHANGE ADAPTER SETTINGS
  • In he NETWORK CONNECTIONS  and please note that you want o select your primary ethernet controller and then highlight both of the ethernet controllers or press shift to select your other network controller
  • Right click on your primary card and hit BRIDGE  (  This may take about 40 seconds to complete)
  • You are done!! you may now see a bridge icon and everything should look as this!!!

bridge

bridge 2

NOW YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR PRIMARY ASSIGNED IP 

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