Thank you for posting at Wired Communities. Since you need to implement 802.3ad teaming, it is recommended you purchase network adapter that can support teaming in Windows 10, which means you need to have full driver support. You may refer to below website:
You may visit below website for the list of Intel Gigabit adapters:
What is the brand and model of your board? As the teaming will be done with onboard NIC, I would suggest you to contact the board vendor for the compatibility of the external standalone NIC on your board before you purchase.
Hi Sharon, thank you for the reply.
My motherboard is Asus Maximus VIII Formula with built in Ethernet Intel I219-V NIC.
I found that the cheapest adapter that has full suport is Intel I210-T1 - it costs about 40$ for the new piece - the one i found is Hewlett-Packard Intel Ethernet I210-T1 GbE NIC (E0X95AA).
They don't list IEEE 802.3ad in the specification of this network card, but i think it's because this card has only one Ethernet port - so it needs another card to support IEEE 802.3ad, and while using Intel Pro drivers i can create a team basing on IEEE 802.3ad protocol for LACP - am i right?
Unfortunatelly my built-in I219-V NIC is not listed in the Windows 10 Support list - although in my network card settings (with Intel Pro drivers installed), when i want to create a new team i can see my card on the list (i have only one ethernet network card so i can't test it, if it works). But i guess that teaming should work? (It's quite new NIC, announced in 2015)
Do you think that buying this single port adapter with I210 NIC would work fine with my I219-V ?
Thanks for the help!
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Thank you for the reply. I managed to find the supported network adapter on Asus
wesbite for your board, please refer to page 9 at
However the two models expi9400pt and E1G42ET mentioned there do not have
Windows 10 full support driver (https://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/cs-
035770.htm). I210-T1 is not listed in the supported list of your board but you may
want to check with Asus* for confirmation.
Server adapters supports teaming and I210-T1 is a server adapter.
Please refer to below for reference about teaming information:
I would suggest you check with Asus* about compatiblity of I210-T1 on their system. Hope this helps.
I finally didn't get a response from Asus, so i decided to do it my way
1) I bought Intel I210-T1 ethernet adapter, and Cisco SG 200-08 switch which supports 802.3ad.
2) I've installed the Intel Network Adapter Driver for Windows 10, and set up a 802.3ad based team in adapter settings - I've encountered few errors with blue screen while doing this, but i finally managed to set up the team.
3) I also set-up LACP (802.3ad) on Cisco switch and chosen two ports which were connected to I210-T1 and I219-V.
4) My router now can see my PC with single IP addres which is set as static address for I219-V, and i have a network connection with 2.0Gbps speed in ethernet adapter status under Windows 10
5) I had some trouble with finding other devices in my network (Avast Firewall messed up discovery, but i fixed it)
6) When i transfer files to two different devices from my PC i can get around 200MB/s of total transfer
7) When i transfer files from one device (QNAP NAS with 2Gbps LACP 802.3ad), to my PC - i can only get around 110 MB/s, but the transfer rate is more stable, and it doesn't slow down (on single 1Gbps ethernet adapter, with TP-Link unmanaged switch my transfer speed varied from 60 to 90 MB/s)
I'm thinking if it's possible to get 200MB/s while transfering files from QNAP do my PC... but i'm not sure how to do this...
The main advantage is that i can transfer files from my PC to QNAP or from QNAP to PC without slowing down the intenet transfer rate (when i had a single adapter, and it reached it's capacity while transfering large files between my PC and QNAP, my internet speed was slowing down, because the link was mostly populated by QNAP<=>PC packets)
Generally... i took a risk, I chose the cheaper option with adding single-NIC adapter, and i've managed to team it with my built-in on-board NIC