I just came across the EP45-DQ6 motherboard that has 4 Ethernet ports.
does this mean that the EP45-DQ6 has an onboard router.
Has anyone come across this sort of thing before. Maybe on a cheaper motherboard.
I think you are talking about gigabyte motherboard with 4 eithernet ports. In my thoughts it is not necessary for inbuilding more than one rj45 port in a motherboard. technically we want to face some problems by inbuilding a router in a mohterboard.
Nowadays routers and swithes are very cheap too. so why we need a router in a m/b?
Its just a way to get an extraordinarily fast network connection for that computer.
It would be great for a computer that was part of a server farm or cluster, but for a home PC you won't use it, because the network hardware to support it will be very expensive.
I suppose you can install software to make a router with the four interfaces. Probably Linux software...
You can set up almost any computer as a router, just takes some know how.
in 1995, our router is a 486 with two network cards running on slackware. cater to 5,000 PCs on a 28k connection.