troubleshooting Question

smart load balancing two unstacked switches

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researching the internet but getting opposite answers:

two unstacked switches (but trunked)
1 Windows server 2008R2 with 4x 331FLR Broadcom cards

goal: when one switch, card or cable fails still connectivity

Broadcam BASP software for teaming

Smart load balancing or LACP

My opinion: for LACP to configure I need the two switches to be stacked and act as one. This is not possible anymore.

My opinion:

Smart Load Balancing and Failover should work, even if connected to two unstacked switches without problems if one of the switches failes. One ip only on the team of 4 nics.

Do you guys agree although LACP may be more professional. It is not complete clear what advantage LACP would bring but stacking the switches is due to business not an option anymore.
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