Load Balancing Among Multiple Network Adapters

by Eric Geier [Published on 4 May 2011 / Last Updated on 9 April 2010]

Make Windows randomly distribute connections across muliple network adapters.

If you have two or more network adapters in your machine that are connected to a network, you might want to enable load balancing. This makes Windows distribute the networking and internet connections or sessions randomly among the multiple adapters.


Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetBT\Parameters

Value Name: RandomAdapter

DWORD Value: 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled

You should double-check that the WINS query responses are set to send all IPs. In other words, make sure the SingleResponse value in the same key is set to disabled.

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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