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I was wondering if there was a way to connect a single computer to two different access points. I'm on a network with a lot of users and the usage gets bogged down. Using two wireless antennas can I connect to two different points and share the load between them? Is there software to do this, if it is even possible? Or would I be able to run two different programs off of the different antennas? Say two instances of Firefox, or Firefox and Steam.

Using Arch Linux.

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Your WiFi NIC can only support being connected to 1 access point (as far as I know), irregardless of how many antennas it has connected to it. So you'd need multiple WiFi NICs.

If you did have multiple NICs then you could take a look at this U&L Q&A titled: Using multiple NICs for faster internet?, for what options you have in terms of using them simultaneously.

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  • So according to this I can bond my ethernet and wifi? Since those are two different controllers Aug 24, 2014 at 18:24
  • @StevenWalton - That's correct.
    – slm
    Aug 24, 2014 at 18:26
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You would need two wireless interfaces to do this, it's the hardware of the wireless card that's important, not the antennas themselves.

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  • I have an internal antenna and an external antenna. Aug 24, 2014 at 10:06
  • Do you have multiple NICs?
    – Jan
    Aug 24, 2014 at 16:39
  • I have a Network Controller and an Ethernet Controller. Could I join those two? Aug 24, 2014 at 18:22

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