THe Ring network is like a heartbeat or cluster communication network. It has the following best practices
1. Must use a switch or multiple switches. It is not designed to go straight connect between nodes.
2. Use a Bond for network cable/port failover
3. Setup "Balance alb" which is bonding mode 6 in the Genesis ZX GUI for the ring network. Other networks can have a different bonding mode, however the ring must be Balance alb
4. Ring network pings must always give better than < 1ms results as latency is more important than throughput. Therefore if you see higher latencies then you can be sure that the ring will not be working optimally.