How To Setup Link Aggregation Router To Switch?

Link aggregation is a method of improving the network bandwidth by bundling multiple Ethernet networks in parallel to make one big link. It works in such a way that when one network fails, the others can link to continue the network communication. There is no need for upgraded network devices; rather, it requires a switch to aggregate the links. Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) is a standard IEEE protocol to create the Link Aggregation Group (LAG). Read the Link Aggregation router to switch the connection setup process.

  • Step 1:Ensure that the router supports the LAG setup, and the LAG support firmware is updated to the latest version.
  • Step 2:Keep two Ethernet cables ready for the connection setup.
  • Step 3:Use a switch that supports the Link Aggregation setup.
  • Step 4:Know which ports of the router support the Link Aggregation and use those ports only for the LAG connection.
  • Step 5:The LAG settings and configuration are different for various switches. So, read the user manuals before starting the connection.

Using Linksys EA8300 Max router and Linksys LGS528 switch

  • Step 1:Connect the Linksys router to your computer, either using the wired or wireless network. If it is the wired network, ensure not to connect the cable to the LAG ports (ports 1 & 2).
  • Step 2:Next, connect the switch (port 1) and router (port 3) using an Ethernet cable (do not use LAG ports).
  • Step 3:Open the switch’s setup page on the computer and go to the Configuration settings.
  • Step 4:Select Port Management > Link Aggregation > LAGs and add two ports (ports 2 & 4) of the switch for LAG.
  • Step 5:Keep the LACP disabled, use the default settings for the other menu, and click Apply to save the settings.
  • Step 6:Open a new tab in the browser window and access the router’s configuration page.
  • Step 7:When the page opens, select Connectivity and click the Local Network tab.
  • Step 8:Toggle the switch of the Link Aggregation menu to enable it and then click OK/Apply.
  • Step 9:Connect the LAG ports of the router (ports 1 & 2) to the switch (ports 2 & 4).
  • Step 10:The Link aggregation router to switch setup is now complete.