Quad NIC Port Sequence.

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On a 4-Port (Quad) NIC, how do you determine which is Port #1 vs. Port #4?   Do all manufacturers use the same numbering sequence, or will if vary by make & model.  Does the first port start w/ "0" (zero), or is it actually "1" (one).  Thanks....



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ASKED: December 2, 2010  8:02 PM
UPDATED: December 3, 2010  10:02 PM

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They will usually start with 0. The ports should be marked as to which one is 0 and which is 3. Most of the ones that I’ve seen start with 0 at the bottom.

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  • Spadasoe
    I just looked at an Intel Pro card and the ports aren't labeled/marked. I rename all mine to indicate which subnet/DMZ they are associated with so I don't pay attention the the numbering or names.
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  • Spadasoe
    In addition to what I previously posted, if you look in the registry at HKLMsystemcontrolset001controlnetwork you will find GUIDS for network connections. Each NIC port is asigned a value called DefaultNameIndex which is the assigned index value for "local area connection 2, 3, 4 etc. This will be the order they are presented to the OS. This is very important when configuring NICs for Hyper-V servers in a cluster as they need to be identical between nodes.
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