two gigabit ethernet ports in new G5s

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rock6079, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. rock6079 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004
    what are some practical uses for the two gigabit ethernet ports in the new dual core G5s ? since i have em, I feel like I should take advantage of em :)

    some of the things ive heard include connecting to a server like an xraid or connecting to two different lans... since i dont have a server in my house or two different lans, what else can i do ?

    does plugging two ethernet cords from my router ad any benefit ?

    thanks for your comments
  2. alex_ant macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2002
    All up in your bidness
    Hook one up to the other one and transfer data to yourself at lightning speeds :D
  3. dubbz macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    Awesome :p

    Back before I bought a router, I used my PC as a router with the help of two different 2 NICs. Not optimal, but all I could afford then.
  4. rock6079 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004

    hahaha . very uh... practical :) lol

    its the possibilities like this that make me happy i have two ethernet ports, go apple !
  5. jestershinra macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2004
    That's a very common server config. You can run two NICs and use them as different interfaces. You could do things like give each its own IP, and then the possibilities are endless. It's very practical for servers, but not really for desktop users.
  6. csubear macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2003
    with 10.4 OS X now support link aggregation, which means you can use both interfaces with one ip address, and have 2 GBIT of bandwidth ;)
  7. belvdr macrumors 601

    Aug 15, 2005
    If you are connecting to a switch that supports it.
  8. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    Dual Gigabit Ethernet is ideal for users in an Xsan environment that requires independent networks for metadata and general networking. :cool:
  9. csubear macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2003

    I wasn't sure if it needed support at the switch. I guess it would.
  10. rock6079 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004

    damn.. that would have been awesome.. yah right now they are both plugged in and have different ip addresses on the same lan.. i dont what benefit that is to me.. but oh well lol
  11. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    It means that if you use both interfaces, you can get double the bandwidth, up to what's being supplied to the LAN. Unfortunately, OS X as a whole just uses one connection for the internet, so right now you're just wasting an IP. If you are into tweaking things and familiar with the ins and outs of networking, you can get some applications to use one network connection while using the other for browsing.

    So say you're hosting a website from your computer. You can have the web server complete all transactions on one port/IP and have a separate one for your own browsing and downloading. That means when you're updating software, it won't strangle your website.

    It's basically useless for the average home user.

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