Two Internet connections on one computer

June 17, 2010 at 11:41:52
Specs: Windows XP
Hello.

I have a computer (WinXP SP3 installed) that works also as a small server for two games, www server and I am using BitComet as well. Since I want to play on it as well while downloading from BitComet and running two servers - I plan to get second internet connection - one for P2P application and another for playing/hosting.

Is it possible to setup Windows to run applications of one user using one connection and second user on another connection? So, for instance, when I run game server as user "gserv" it will use first NIC (and gateway) , and user "BitCom" will use second NIC (and second gateway)?...


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#1
June 17, 2010 at 12:03:09
You can set the computer up with two connections and manually switch over from one to the other. One you cannot do is use both connections simultaneously. Windows will always use the first gateway it finds and ignore any others.

Stuart


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#2
June 17, 2010 at 12:16:49
I know that if I , for instance, start downloading a file with my browser/ftp client, then switch default gateway, download will still go through first connection (any new browser window, though, will use second).

So, technically it is possible to use both at once, though Windows cant assign it automatically.

Maybe external application can do it?... I am trying to block one network on personal firewall for some applications and see how is it working...


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#3
June 17, 2010 at 12:37:11
You need a router that has two WAN connections and supports Load Balancing. I think only high end Cisco routers are capable of this. Might want to google for routers that support load balancing.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk3...

http://www.google.com/products?clie...

As for this....

"Is it possible to setup Windows to run applications of one user using one connection and second user on another connection?"

You can setup Virtual Machines and two NICs which you can bind them to two different Gateways. This would be the cheapest route. Just run one server on your main computer and the other on the Virtual Machine...

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vi...


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