Intel NIC's 802.3ad Link Aggregation in Windows 7?


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Oct 29, 2000

I've been having some issues lately where if I am copying large amounts of files two and from my NAS and thus saturating my gigabit ethernet, web browsing and internet streaming slows down which is a bit of a bummer. I figured I might fix this with link aggregation.

My switches (Procurve 1810G-24 in basement and 1810G-8 in office) both support 802.3ad Link Aggregation. It works beautifully to connect them together, as well as to connect my FreeNAS box to the switch as well.

Question is, how do I set it up to work with my Windows 7 box?

I can't find the options for 802.3ad in the windows menus anywhere, and googling has not led me to the answer yet...

My motherboard has two on board Intel gigabit ports (Intel 82574L and Intel 82579V). Is it possible to link these two, or do I need to pick up another Intel PRO PT dual port copper gigabit NIC like I have two of in my server?

Appreciate any thoughts.

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If anyone else is trying to do this, I figured it out.

Follow these directions for Intel NIC's.

The feature is not included in Windows 7, so the NIC drivers have to support it.

You have to be logged in as an administrator account to see the Teaming tab. It' won't show up if you just go in to look at it in a regular account.

You have succesful teamed the ASUS P9X79 WS lans?



Yes, it works splendidly with the proper Intel drivers. Once configured in the drivers, the individual NICs disappear from the device manager and a teamed 2Gbit NIC appears in their place