Multiple Ethernet Cards

Subject: Multiple Ethernet Cards
From: Phil Kirschner (
Date: Mon Dec 06 1999 - 00:36:33 MST

I have a beige G3 tower that came with a 10BaseT ethernet card, and
into which I have installed a 100BaseT PCI card. My YDL box is set
up to use eth1 which is the PCI card, and the built in eth0 card is
inactive. Everything works fine, but it just occured to me that I
could probably use both cards at the same time, and I was wondering
if someone could explain what exactly would happen if I tried. There
is lots of info out on the web about masquerading and IP chains and
all that (which I don't know about either) but all I really want to
know is this:

If I turn on eth0, plug the built in card into my hub, and assign it
a different IP address than my eth1 card, what will happen? Will I
really be using both cards for more throughput? Could I do this
without giving the second card a different IP address?

I know there is a lot of How-To things out there about setting up
multiple ethernet cards, but my intentions are not big, and I don't
think I really understand what doing that entails.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! (Be it descriptions or solutions.)


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