Setting up Link Aggregation on a Linksys Max-Stream Tri-Band Router with a switch

Link Aggregation is the combination of two LAN ports to create a logical port that is faster (2 Gbps) and more reliable.  Link Aggregation is disabled by default and are supported on the following Linksys Max-Stream Tri-Band Routers: 
  • Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band WiFi Router
  • Linksys EA8250 Max-Stream AC2150 Tri-Band WiFi 5 Router
You can enable it from the Linksys app or through the router's web-based setup page. 

Link Aggregation Group (LAG) setup

Here is an example on how to use the Linksys router with a switch that supports Link Aggregation.

NOTE:  The LAG settings will vary across different switches.  Make sure to use the two ports on your device that supports Link Aggregation.  Contact your vendor to confirm if Link Aggregation is supported on your device and to know how you can configure the Link Aggregation feature on it to work with the Linksys Max-Stream Tri-Band Routers.

  • Only ports 1 and 2 support Link Aggregation.
  • The Linksys Max-Stream Tri-Band Routers do not support 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) or any other proprietary LAG implementation.  If you are using a switch that supports LACP 802.3ad, you will need to create a Static (manual) LAG on the switch with LACP disabled.
  • Your Linksys Max-Stream Tri-Band Routers must have the latest firmware with Link Aggregation support.
  • Use two Cat5e cables or better for Gigabit connection.
  • A client (such as a switch) that supports Link Aggregation.
Step 1:
Make sure that ports 1 and 2 are not in use on your router.
Step 2:
Connect a computer to the router.  You may use either a wired or wireless computer to set up Link Aggregation.  For wired connection, do not use ports 1 or 2 as these ports will be used for Link Aggregation. 
Step 3:
Connect the switch to the router for the LAG setup.  In this example, port 1 on the switch is connected to port 3 on the router.
NOTE:  In this example, the switch used is the Linksys LGS528.
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Step 4:
Access the switch's web-based setup page.  Go to Configuration > Port Management > Link Aggregation > LAGs.  To know how to access the Linksys LGS528's web-based setup page, click here.
Step 5:
Add two ports to the LAG.  In this example, ports 2 and 4 are used for LAG1 on the switch.
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NOTE:  You can use the default settings or set your desired values except for LACP.  Make sure LACP is disabled.
Step 6:
Click Apply on the switch.
Step 7:
Log in to the router's web-based setup page.  To know how, click here

Step 8:
Enable Link Aggregation in Connectivity > Local Network.  Toggle the Link Aggregation switch to the right to turn it ON and then click Ok or Apply.  
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Step 9:
Connect your LAG ports.  Take two ethernet cables, connect ports 1 and 2 from the router to the two ports you configured on the switch as LAG ports (ports 2 and 4).
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You have now set up Link Aggregation on the router and the switch. 

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