Channel Bonding Question

Jared Hodge jared_hodge at
Wed Nov 28 10:41:32 PST 2001

I thought that might be the case, but I've heard of software (Cisco
trunking I think) that can create a virtual IP for a NIC that doesn't
exist, and when something is sent to it, the software splits it to the
two NICs and reassembles it there.  I think you have to make sure
nothing goes to the original IPs though.

Daniel Pfenniger wrote:
> Jared Hodge wrote:
> >
> > I was wondering if it is possible to link two ethernet NICs (channel
> > bonding, sort of) on our server to work together talking to a single
> > switch.  I've lately come to realize that most work with channel bonding
> > requires two entirely separate networks, but what I want to do is
> > connect the two NICs two the switch (Cisco Catalyst) and allow it to
> > effectively communicate with two of the nodes at full speed at the same
> > time.  I guess that this would be more along the lines of line trunking
> > or multi-link or some other networking scheme.  If anyone knows of any
> > links that describe how to do this, I would appreciate it.  Thanks.
> In that case each NIC must have one (or more) distinct IP number, so your
> applications should be able to manage that.
>         Dan

Jared Hodge
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