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Have heard mention of Bonding the 2 ethernet Ports on NAS together, what is this (in very very simple terms please) and any benefit and if so under what circumstances (e.g. 2 or 3 PC's connecting via internet to view via Plex or DS Video) or only of use if using a switch.
"Bonding" refers to the process of combining multiple network connections together to increase the overall network throughput and redundancy. In the context of a NAS, this would involve combining the two Ethernet ports on the device together.

One common way to bond the two Ethernet ports is to use a technique called "Link Aggregation Control Protocol" (LACP) which allows multiple physical Ethernet links to be combined into a single logical link. This allows the NAS to use both Ethernet ports to send and receive data simultaneously, effectively doubling the available bandwidth.

The benefit of bonding the two Ethernet ports is that it can increase the overall network throughput, allowing for faster data transfer speeds. This can be especially useful in situations where multiple devices are connecting to the NAS at the same time, such as when streaming video or accessing large files.

It is generally recommended when using a switch, but bonding the two Ethernet ports on a NAS can be beneficial in any scenario where multiple devices are connecting to the NAS and the need for faster data transfer speeds is high.

It is important to keep in mind that the benefits of bonding depend on the specific network topology and devices that you are using. It is always a good idea to consult the NAS's documentation and consult with the manufacturer's support team before making any changes to your network setup.

New Synology multichannel SMB will do something similar without switch configuration.

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