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How do i port trunk different Switches

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I work for a company that has 2 Cat 6 cables from one end of the building to the other. What i want to know is can i setup port trunking (netgear) or Link aggregation (Linksys) between these two switches?

And how would i do it?
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by:from_exp
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if you mean GS748T to trunk with SRW2048, than answer is yes, because both switches do support 802.3ad
take a look into user manual for a step-by-step procedure
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by:kdearing
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Port trunking and link aggregation are two different animals, so I'm not sure what you're trying to do.
The answer is that you can do anything that both switches are capable of.
What are you trying to accomplish?
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by:Jonno112
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thanks for the quick reply.

I want to acheive a higher bandwidth or a 2 gig pipe on the backbone as i have 2 cat 6 cables between these 2 switches.

My only concern is the different equipment and the different names that these 2 companys call it. (Trunking or LAG)
As for the manual they don't explain in there how to do it. I do have a faint idea how to set it up
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by:kdearing
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Theorically, they should work together since they both support 802.3ad, link aggregation control protocol (LACP).

In the Linksys manual, page 30
In the Netgear manual, page 4-10
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by:Jonno112
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I will check that manual and let you.
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by:Jonno112
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I have decided to use the same switches for the port trunking or LAG
I have setup the Link aggregation on one of the switches do i have to set it up on both switches?
I tried to set it up on the second switch and it would not accept lag 1.

Any ideas

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hi
yes, you have to configure both switches with lag.
and you also have to configure lacp for those switches. sometimes it is necessary to point one switch to be lacp master, and second as lacp slave.
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by:Jonno112
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Thanks guys for your help i appreciate it.
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by:from_exp
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always welcome!
we are here to help!
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