In a previous lesson I explained how Etherchannels work and how to configure them, but I didn’t write about layer 3 Etherchannels before. In this lesson, I’ll show you how to configure them.
A layer 3 etherchannel is similar to an interface on a router. The switch won’t “switch” traffic on this interface but route it. Because it’s a layer 3 interface, we configure an IP address on it.
I’ll be using two switches for this:
Before we configure the port channel settings you need to make sure that all interfaces have the exact same configuration. Once you use the channel-group command, the port-channel interface will automatically inherit all settings from your physical interface. If you forget to run the no switchport command on an interface, your etherchannel will be layer 2 instead of layer 3!
Having said that, let’s configure our switches:
SW1(config)#interface range fastEthernet 0/1 - 2 SW1(config-if-range)#no switchport SW1(config-if-range)#channel-group 12 mode on Creating a port-channel interface Port-channel 12
SW2(config)#interface range fa0/1 - 2 SW2(config-if-range)#no switchport SW2(config-if-range)#channel-group 12 mode on Creating a port-channel interface Port-channel 12
This creates our Etherchannel, we can verify our work like this:
SW1#show etherchannel 12 summary Flags: D - down P - bundled in port-channel I - stand-alone s - suspended H - Hot-standby (LACP only) R - Layer3 S - Layer2 U - in use f - failed to allocate aggregator M - not in use, minimum links not met u - unsuitable for bundling w - waiting to be aggregated d - default port Number of channel-groups in use: 1 Number of aggregators: 1 Group Port-channel Protocol Ports ------+-------------+-----------+----------------------------------------------- 12 Po12(RU) - Fa0/1(P) Fa0/2(P)
Above you can see that our port-channel 12 interface is layer 3 and it’s operational. Just like any other layer 3 interface we can configure an IP address on this port-channel interface:
SW1(config)#interface port-channel 12 SW1(config-if)#ip address 192.168.12.1 255.255.255.0
SW2(config)#interface port-channel 12 SW2(config-if)#ip address 192.168.12.2 255.255.255.0
Let’s see if that works:
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Hi rene, I am trying to configure a layer 3 etherchannel, the new version of GNS3 but once configured everything, I can not do ping between the two portchannel, I appreciate your usual help, I’m using the version that uses the IOU of a virtual machine built to GNS3
Hi Catalino N,
I think this might be an IOU problem, I’ve read before that it accepts the configuration but that you can’t send any traffic through L3 etherchannels.
When you use the show commands, everything looks fine?