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I have two NICs :

  1. wlo1 a pci nic
  2. wlxc83a35c1e40e a usb nic

I plugged and ran both of them, and I got this routing table :

Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface
0.0.0.0         192.168.1.1     0.0.0.0         UG    0      0        0 wlxc83a35c1e40e
0.0.0.0         192.168.1.1     0.0.0.0         UG    600    0        0 wlo1
192.168.1.0     0.0.0.0         255.255.255.0   U     0      0        0 wlxc83a35c1e40e
192.168.1.0     0.0.0.0         255.255.255.0   U     600    0        0 wlo1

I would like to team the two nics so that I gain in bandwidth through the same Wirless AP.

Using ifenslave (even if it is said to be obsolete) I succeed to enslave both the nics to bond0 (after loading the corresponding module with the configuration mode balance-rr)

is this possible by setting an ip address and route to bond0 using dhclient and route add ?

  • You need to keep in mind that link aggregation generally doesn’t increase the maximum achievable transfer rate of a single TCP connection. It’s more of a load balancing thing. – Daniel B May 24 '17 at 13:12
  • well, in fact, this is right for mode balance-rr, but how about 802.3ad. I intend to team the two nics with mode balance-rr and later 802.3ad :) – IamaTacos May 24 '17 at 13:13
  • Nope, still won’t do for a single connection (or conversation, as others call it). That’s because frames must not be out of order. This presentation explains some of it. – Daniel B May 24 '17 at 13:29
  • 802.3ad is Ethernet specific. Since WLAN (802.11) is not Ethernet (802.3), I don't think 802.3ad is going to work. – mtak May 24 '17 at 13:59
  • you mean there is no way to make two wireless network card team together to increase bandwidth using bonding ? – IamaTacos May 24 '17 at 14:48

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