When setting up a network it is very important to understand the role hardware plays in performance. Configuring your adapter or device correctly is important for optimal performance and stability.
Today almost all systems are shipped with on board network adapters ranging in speed from 10 Mbps to 1000 Mbps ethernet. Additional adapters can come in PCI 32 bit or PCI 64 bit, thus it is important to place these adapters in the correct slots for optimal performance. The way you interconnect all these adapters will have a big impact on you network performance.
There are a few factors that should be taken into account when connecting systems to a network: