|Man this question has certainly gotten a lot of attention.|
I am not familiar with setting the priority of a network card so will have to look into that.
How do I specify the file transfer as you put it?
Good points in your answer.
From what I know of networking and IP addresses, you seem to be on the right track for what I want to accomplish.
I need to add some data....
Call the nics going to the router "NICSET1"
The Crossovers "NICSET2"
Both sets have entirely different ip adr and gateways.
System1 is the work computer.
System2 is the backup computer.
At the moment I have disabled tcp/ip on System2 NICSET1
So System2 only connects via NICSET2 to System1
I have seen a lot of different and maybe wrong ip settings for use with a crossover.
As I understand crossover IP settings, each nic IP setting is the other nic gateway.
Right away I lost my internet connection on System1. It seemed to not be able to decide which card to use. This may relate to setting priority mentioned by paulsep.
My workaround is to drop tcp/ip on both Systems NICSET2 and use NetBEUI, which I loaded a while back for other reasons on my XP systems.
Now I have fast file transfer and isolated System2 from any internet access.
But I still want to use tcp/ip.
Now I need to test what happens when I turn the NICSET1 on System2 back to tcp/ip available.
Will let you know how that turns out.
Any ideas in advance of the test are welcome.
Remember, this is not about what may be the smoothest way but about how to make it work.
This is the link to the dual NIC board I saw. Also has some interesting info on the crossover idea.