Port Channel Summary

Use the Port Channel Summary page to group one or more full duplex Ethernet links to be aggregated together to form a port channel, which is also known as a LAG (Link Aggregation Group). The switch can treat the port channel as if it were a single link.

To access this page, click Switching > Port Channel > Summary in the navigation menu.

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Port Channel Summary Fields

Field Description
Name Identifies the user-configured text name of the port channel.
Type The type of port channel:
  • Dynamic: Uses Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) Protocol Data Units (PDUs) to exchange information with the link partners to help maintain the link state. To utilize Dynamic link aggregation on this port channel, the link partner must also support LACP.
  • Static: Does not require a partner system to be able to aggregate its member ports. When a port is added to a port channel as a static member, it neither transmits nor receives LACP PDUs.

    When configuring a port channel, use the Static Mode field to set the port channel type. If the Static Mode is disabled, the port channel type is Dynamic.

Admin Mode Select enable or disable from the drop-down menu. When the Port Channel is disabled no traffic will flow and LACPDUs will be dropped, but the links that form the Port Channel will not be released. The factory default is enable.
STP Mode Shows whether the STP Administrative Mode is enabled or disabled on the port channel
Link State Whether the link is Up or Down.
Link Trap Shows whether to send traps when link status changes. If the status is Enabled, traps are sent.
Members Lists the ports that are members of the Port Channel, in Slot/Port notation (Unit/Slot/Port for stackable systems). There can be a maximum of 8 ports assigned to a Port Channel.
Active Ports Lists the ports that are actively participating members of this Port Channel, in Slot/Port notation (Unit/Slot/Port for stackable systems).
Load Balance The algorithm used to distribute traffic load among the physical ports of the port channel while preserving the per-flow packet order. The packet attributes the load-balancing algorithm can use to determine the outgoing physical port include the following:
  • Source MAC, VLAN, Ethertype, Incoming Port
  • Destination MAC, VLAN, Ethertype, Incoming Port
  • Source/Destination MAC, VLAN, Ethertype, Incoming Port
  • Source IP and Source TCP/UDP Port Fields
  • Destination IP and Destination TCP/UDP Port Fields
  • Source/Destination IP and TCP/UDP Port Fields
  • Enhanced Hashing Mode