Random reboots after bridging two ethernet connections


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I'm connecting to two identical Huawei routers via two ethernet adapters (the onboard Broadcom NIC & a recently installed Realtek RTL8169 PCI). As a matter of curiosity, I've created a network bridge between the two ethernet connections. I want to check if there is any real benefit when the bridge is theoretically balancing the network load between the two connections. However, after creating the network bridge, Windows 11 (build 22635.3350) started randomly rebooting a few times per day. Actually, I don't need the damn bridge, but I'm really curious to know why it's causing Windows to crash!!!

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Windows 11 Enterprise build 22635.3350

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Only thing comes to mind, check the Wake on LAN settings in the BIOS and in Windows, could be causing an issue.
 

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I disabled the "Wake-Up LAN" and the "Power Saving" features in the BIOS and the settings of both adapters and the crashes didn't happen again!!! Anyway, I could see that the average network speed is practically the same with or without the bridge!!!
 

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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 GHZ
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    DELL G41 0HN7XN
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    8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
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    AMD RX 550 LEXA 4GB DX12 128-BIT
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    Onboard HD Audio
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    AOC 32" 60 Hz
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    1920 x 1080
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    1x SSD Hynix 1 TB (Windows 11)
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    Core i3 4005 1.7 GHZ
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    8 GB DDR4 2133 MHZ
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    Intel HD Graphics 4400
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What is being reported at the time of the crash within Windows Event Viewer?
 

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What is being reported at the time of the crash within Windows Event Viewer?
I took a look and the only entry in the event viewer that matches the last crash time says: "The Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Driver Miniport had the event Network Interface deleted while PNP Device still exists."

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    8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
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    AMD RX 550 LEXA 4GB DX12 128-BIT
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    Onboard HD Audio
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    AOC 32" 60 Hz
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    1920 x 1080
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    1x SSD Hynix 1 TB (Windows 11)
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    Samsung
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    Core i3 4005 1.7 GHZ
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    Unknown
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    8 GB DDR4 2133 MHZ
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    Intel HD Graphics 4400
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    Onboard HD Audio
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    14"
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    1366 x 768
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    1x SSD 240 GB
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I've created a network bridge between the two ethernet connections
Could you clarify a few details for me, please? Are the two routers configured with completely different network subnets? I just want to be sure that you properly understand the purpose of a network bridge. The intention of a bridge is NOT to increase performance by joining or "teaming" two network adapters together. A bridge is intended to join two different networks together.

As an example, suppose that you have an internal network of 10.0.0.0 with subnet mask 255.0.0.0 and another network of 192.168.1.0 255.255.255.0. Since these are two completely different networks, they would not be able to talk to each other without some sort of routing. The bridge will allow you to join those networks.

On the other hand, if what you want to accomplish is increasing performance or setting up redundancy by using two network adapters on the same network, let me know and I can help you with that.
 

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    Win11 Pro 24H2
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Are the two routers configured with completely different network subnets?
Sorry for the late reply, but I was at the ranch and the internet there sucks!!! My modem serves my office and home, but each network has its router!!! The PC I'm referring to is connected via cable to both routers!!! What led me to do this little experiment was pure curiosity, because I don't need the bridge!!! Anyway, as I mentioned before after disabling the wake-up LAN function in the BIOS and the power-saving mode for both adapters, whatever was causing the system to crash hasn't happened anymore!!!
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Optiplex 380
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 GHZ
    Motherboard
    DELL G41 0HN7XN
    Memory
    8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD RX 550 LEXA 4GB DX12 128-BIT
    Sound Card
    Onboard HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 32" 60 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1x SSD Hynix 1 TB (Windows 11)
    1x SSD Hynix 1 TB (Swap File / Recovery / System Backup)
    1x HDD Seagate Barracuda Green 4 TB (Main Storage)
    PSU
    DELL 345W
    Case
    DELL SFF
    Cooling
    DELL STOCK AIR COOLER
    Keyboard
    MULTILASER GAMER
    Mouse
    MULTILASER GAMER
    Internet Speed
    600 MBPS
    Browser
    EDGE/CHROME
    Antivirus
    AVAST PREMIUM
    Other Info
    OLD DELL RIGS ARE BRAVE
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Samsung
    CPU
    Core i3 4005 1.7 GHZ
    Motherboard
    Unknown
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 2133 MHZ
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4400
    Sound Card
    Onboard HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14"
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    1x SSD 240 GB
    1x HDD 500 GB
    PSU
    STOCK
    Cooling
    STOCK
    Mouse
    MULTILASER
    Keyboard
    MULTILASER
    Internet Speed
    600 MBPS
    Browser
    CHROME
    Antivirus
    AVAST PREMIUM
    Other Info
    DUAL-CORE SUCKS

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