Is it possible to merge two 1GBps NIC's on a single PC thereby doubling the available LAN bandwidth? Two other PC's would then be able to request data at 1GBps each instead of splitting the 1GBps NIC into 500MBps.
Cat 6 supports 10GBps throughput over a single cable so the NIC is really the limitation but if I connect both NIC's to a switch (using 2 available ports), is there a way to make both NIC's be accessed by the same IP and also on the PC side, have applications utilize both NIC's?
Some intelligent software should make this possible but may also require the other end (the router) to be able to "acknowledge" the configuration.
I could attempt this on either Ubuntu 12.04 x64, Win7 x64, or any other free OS.