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Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by minifridge1138, Mar 12, 2011.
I feel dumb for asking this, but what am I supposed to do with 2 NIC cards?
building your own network at home
In my line of work one NIC is connected to network attached storage server for video media, the other NIC is used for gigabit connection to the rest of the computers on the network as well as internet, I also have an ATTO fibre card on the PCIe bus for fibre attached storage.... So in my setup I have my computer connected to two completely separate ethernet networks and 1 fibre network
I use one for my internet connection the other is used for iSCSI to a DroboPro.
1 for internet connection + 1 for nas.
I use the spare for transferring large files from my mbp. The airport extreme isnt close enough to use as a router.
If you're running a server, one goes out to the internet, and one bridges it to the local network.
I never considered a NAS.
You could test Ethernet cables by connecting each end to one port and pinging yourself.
I use 1 for OS X and the other is dedicated for my Windows VM.
here are two low cost nas options
I have this one. ^ I have three computers and I use the nas like a clearing zone. If i record an eyetv show with any of the computers. Say the imac in the kitchen I move it to the nas and then watch it with the mac mini hooked up to the HT. If I really want to keep the show I move it to the mac pro.. You can put a 2tb samsung in it
on sale for 90 15 off with discount code. so for about 230 you have a 2tb workhorse that links all the computers together. if you buy the bigger one it is 210 plus 150 or 360 for a 4tb nas. 2 year warranty. I am happy with it so far.
i have always wondered what this other nic is for as well, so what do u mean u use one for osx and 1 for windows virtual machine, or are you being sarcastic?
if i have a seperate windows computer running, can i hook it derectly to the mac and still get internet to it and ....?
so if i wanted to i could hook my server directly to my mac pro and transfer all movies and everything from my mac pro directly to the server? and it will still be on my network as well for all computers to see and watch movies and listen to music directly off of it?
i am still perplexed on what i can totally use my second nic port for on my mac pro could someone enlighten me as i dont know if it automatically works if i say plug my windows computer directly into the second, or just plug it in a server and will every computer see my server on the network then or is it just in line with my mac pro then?
It doesn't sound like you need the second ethernet port. Just ignore it.
It's one of those things that if you needed it, you'd know what it was for.
Basically it's for if you were using your computer as a router (say if you were running a VPN server) and you needed to be plugged directly into the internet, while sharing that internet with your network.
Again, if you're not running a server, just leave it alone. Apple sells the Mac Pros as servers too, so server people need the port.
sorry, i dont want to ignore it, i want to run this machine the best i can and use it as the central hub of all of my audio/video/pics and everything for my home theater network, so plex and so on will be displayed onto my tv and i can run playon, and everything else for my home theater.
I am basically looking to hook my server up, and wondered if this second nic was the way to go or not?
once i finally bite the bullet and install windows i would then be able to use the server on both os's and not have a seperate box running windblows!
so will the server be able to be seen on the network being plugged into the the 2nd nic card then?
I use mine for...
@ work it is connected to a second network (closed)
@ home I use it for my VM machines it gives me better performance.
ok so virtual machines, explain this to me if you can? you mean an entirely different computer? because if that helps in performance then im all for it!
When using VMware fusion I use the second port to connect to my switch (just like the first one) The network performance is better.
Unless you have 2 separate networks, or using the macpro as a DHCP server or a iSCSI device there is really no need to use the second port.
Hi, eventually and hopefully one will become the I/O for the soundcard.
+1 (though the VM I give a dedicated port to is Debian)
+1. Large file transfer over WiFi SUCKS. It's much easier to just connect my pro to the laptop i'm trying to transfer files from.
ok so the second acts like an entirely seperate internet connection just for windows then, that is what i was wondering if i could do, does parallels also work this way?
and if i have a server i could opt to connect that server to the second port instead of using as my connection for windows under a virtual environment aslo right?
thanks this has all been pretty helpful!
Not sure but it should
you could even use the two ethernet ports to increase internet speeds , by using one for downstream and one for upstream , ok its not that easy but more understandable as it depends on your router /dsl modem capabilities and how experienced you are with the terminal
so within terminal you can tell each ethernet port to accept or send ?
so what about a verizon dsl modem any experience with that? just thought i would ask?
if i could get my stuff faster i am all for that!