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CLI-based Configuration Guide - Ethernet Switching

AR650, AR1600, and AR6100 V300R003

This document describes how to configure the components for LAN services, including link aggregation groups, VLANs, voice VLANs, MAC address tables, transparent bridging, as well as GVRP, STP/RSTP, and MSTP protocols.
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Overview of Link Aggregation

Overview of Link Aggregation

This section describes definition and purpose of link aggregation.

Definition

Ethernet link aggregation, also called Eth-Trunk, bundles multiple physical links to form a logical link to increase link bandwidth. The bundled links back up each other, increasing reliability.

Purpose

As the network scale expands increasingly, users propose increasingly high requirements on Ethernet backbone network bandwidth and reliability. Originally, to increase the bandwidth, users use high-speed cards or devices supporting high-speed interface cards to replace old interface cards or devices. This solution, however, is costly and inflexible.

Link aggregation helps increase bandwidth by bundling a group of physical interfaces into a single logical interface, without having to upgrade hardware. In addition, link aggregation provides link backup mechanisms, greatly improving link reliability.

Link aggregation has the following advantages:

  • Increased bandwidth

    The bandwidth of the link aggregation interface is the sum of bandwidth of member interfaces.

  • Higher reliability

    When an active link fails, traffic on this active link is switched to another active link, improving reliability of the link aggregation interface.

  • Load balancing

    In a link aggregation group (LAG), traffic is load balanced among active links of member interfaces.

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Updated: 2019-04-12

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