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Setting up Link Aggregation on the Linksys EA8300 with a switch

Link Aggregation is the combination of two LAN ports to create a logic port that is faster (2 Gbps) and more reliable.  Link Aggregation is disabled by default on the Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 MU-MIMO Tri-Band 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 EA8300 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 EA8300.

 
IMPORTANT:
  • Only ports 1 and 2 on the Linksys EA8300 support Link Aggregation.
  • The Linksys EA8300 does 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.
Requirements:
  • The Linksys EA8300 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 the Linksys EA8300.
 
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 Linksys EA8300.
 
NOTE:  In this example, the switch used is LGS528.
 
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Step 4:
Access the web-based setup page of the switch.  Go to Configuration > Port Management > Link Aggregation > LAGs.  To know how to access the LGS528 web-based set up 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 the web-based setup page of the Linksys EA8300.  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 Linksys EA8300 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 Linksys EA8300 and the switch. 


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