In this tutorial I want to show you how to configure an Etherchannel between your Cisco Catalyst Switch and a Synology NAS device. I’m using a Cisco 3560X switch and a Synology DS812+ rackstation that has two gigabit interfaces. The Synology NAS and the Cisco switch both support LACP (Link Aggregation Control Protocol).
Here’s what it looks like:
Configure LACP on Synology NAS
My Synology is connected to Gigabit 0/37 and 0/38 on the Cisco switch. First we’ll configure the Synology NAS. Log into your NAS and open the control panel, select Network.
Select the Network Interface tab and click on Create.
Select IEEE 802.3ad Dynamic Link Aggregation and click Next.
Select the interfaces that you want to use for the Etherchannel. I only have two Gigabit interfaces so I’ll select both. Click Next to continue.
Last step is to configure your IP address. I don’t have to make any changes so just click Apply to continue.
Your Synology NAS is now ready for LACP. We still have to configure the Cisco switch however…
Configure LACP on Cisco Switch
Let’s configure the Gi0/37 and Gi0/38 interface as an Etherchannel using the LACP protocol:
CISCO(config)#interface range Gi0/37 - 38 CISCO(config-if-range)#description SYNOLOGY CISCO(config-if-range)#switchport mode access CISCO(config-if-range)#switchport nonegotiate CISCO(config-if-range)#spanning-tree portfast CISCO(config-if-range)#channel-group 3 mode active CISCO(config)#interface port-channel 3 CISCO(config-if)#description SYNOLOGY CISCO(config-if)#switchport mode access CISCO(config-if)#switchport nonegotiate
I will assign a description to both interfaces so I know what device is connected to these interfaces. The switchport mode is access and “nonegotiate” disables the negotiation for trunk / access mode. Portfast is enabled so we don’t have to wait for spanning-tree to unblock the port and I’m adding this interface to channel-group 3.
Once you assign the interfaces to the port-channel, you will see that the switch creates a new port-channel interface. I will also configure this interface for access mode and disable the negotiation for access/trunk switchport mode. After configuring the interfaces you will see the following on your console:
%LINK-3-UPDOWN: Interface Port-channel3, changed state to up %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface Port-channel3, changed state to up
This means our port-channel is operational. To verify that both interfaces are working you can use the following command:
CISCO#show etherchannel 3 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: 3 Number of aggregators: 3 Group Port-channel Protocol Ports ------+-------------+-----------+----------------------------------------------- 3 Po3(SU) LACP Gi0/37(P) Gi0/38(P)
As you can see both interfaces are used (P=bundled) and the port-channel is in-use (U). I hope this has been helpful for you to get your Etherchannel working between the Synology NAS and your Cisco switch.