So I picked up a Intel PRO/1000 Pt Dual Port Server Adapter with the intention of trying teaming (i.e. combining multiple network ports into one for resilience and extra bandwidth) but given how old this network card is, the Intel PROSet drivers unfortunately do not support it in Windows 8.1. So, how to enable all the cool features like teaming, jumbo frames, VLANs, etc in Windows 8.1? Turns out there’s a neat hack for this.
- Install the latest Windows 8.1 PROSet drivers.
- Under Network Connections, right-click on the first ethernet port of the Intel PRO/1000 PT card and click on the Configure button.
- Click on the Drivers tab.
- Click Update Driver.
- Click Browse my computer…
- Click the option – Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
- Uncheck the Show compatible hardware box.
- Locate Intel in the left-hand box
- Locate the Intel (R) Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T2 option.
- Click Next until the process is complete.
- Repeat this on the secondary ethernet port.
- When done, right-click on the primary ethernet port again and click on the Configure button.
- You should now see a tab called Teaming.
You can create a new team from the two ethernet ports via this tab. It’s pretty straightforward so I’m not really going to elaborate further. Also note that I chose to include only the two ports from the Intel PRO/1000 in my team, excluding the motherboard’s network port (Intel I217-V) which came with my Asus Sabertooth Z87 since this is a much slower network interface.