Ethernet Port Aggregation
Ethernet aggregation lets you combine two Gigabit Ethernet ports to improve the aggregated file transfer
speed. Note that Ethernet port aggregation is also referred to as link aggregation, teaming port, and port
trunking. If a device supports Ethernet aggregation, you can use the Ethernet aggregate ports 1 and 2 to
cable the device that supports Ethernet port aggregation to the router.
NETGEAR ReadyNAS equipment with two Ethernet ports such as the model RN100/200/300/500/700
desktop series and the ReadyNAS RN2000/3000/4000 rack-mount series support Ethernet aggregation.
Figure 5. Ethernet port aggregation
Set Up Ethernet Port Aggregation
To set up Ethernet port aggregation:
1. If you are connecting a switch, make sure that the switch supports 802.3ad LACP.
You must configure the switch before you connect the Ethernet cables to the router.
To avoid causing broadcast looping, which can shut down your network, do
not connect an unmanaged switch to Ethernet aggregate port 1 and port 2 on
2. Use Ethernet cables to connect a device that supports Ethernet port aggregation, such as a NAS or
network switch, to Ethernet port 1 and port 2 on the router.
3. Set up Ethernet port aggregation on the device that is connected to Ethernet port 1 and port 2 on the
For information about how to set up Ethernet port aggregation on your device, see the documentation
that came with your device.
For information about viewing the status of the Ethernet port aggregation, see View Ethernet Port
Aggregation Status on page 69.
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