How to configure two NICs

February 25, 2009 at 23:52:21
Specs: Windows Server 2003
My question has three parts:

If I want to enable RRAS in Win Server 2003, but the server only has one NIC installed, do I...

(1) Need to purchase specifically a WAN NIC?
(2) Install a standard NIC card and configure it specifically to function as a WAN NIC?

If number 2 is sufficient, where would I find instructions on how to configure the NIC card to function as a WAN Nic?

If I am using a VPN 8-port router, could that be considered the additional WAN/LAN NIC configuration?

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February 26, 2009 at 07:39:18
A NIC is a NIC is a NIC. There's no such thing as a "WAN NIC" until you've installed it and set it up and connected it to an external source.

Which is to say, the NIC in my PC is just a NIC. If I connect it to my highspeed modem, it's still a NIC but now it's a NIC connected to an external (WAN) source. If I unplug it from the modem, plug the modem into a SOHO router and then plug the NIC into a "LAN" port on the router, it's still a NIC only now it's configured for the LAN.

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February 26, 2009 at 10:16:03
That's what I thought, until I found websites selling Cisco "WAN NIC" at $300 and up! I may have found a site that describes how to configure the NIC to function as a WAN NIC. Thank you for confirming what I thought.

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February 26, 2009 at 10:36:50
That could easily be referring to an interface that fits into a Cisco device (such as a router or managed switch) and is proprietary....and knowing cisco, expensive to boot.

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February 26, 2009 at 10:40:45
Jost go on thru the features of the NIC..

nic are of dfferent types..

ethernet -10 Mbps..
fast etherent -100 mbps
Gigabyte multi-ethernet-1000mbps connectivity..

maybe some thing like that ...

anyway inetresting...

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February 26, 2009 at 13:09:45
There are "wan nics" but they are for phone systems and are basically a T1 card that goes in a server or PBX.

daytek don't confuse the functionality with description. In other words a nic is a nic but its FUNCTIONALITY is based on what it connects to. So one nic in the server connects to the wan which could be a switch, router or modem, whereas the other nic connects to the lan which could be a switch or another router.

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