We can execute EtherChannel by packaging various actual ports into at least one consistent Ether Channel joins. The connection point speed and type for a solitary EthernetChannel should be same. The EtherChannel gives greatest 800 Mbps full-duplex speed if there should be an occurrence of Fast EtherChannel and additionally 8 Gbps speed in the event of Gigabit EtherChannel between one switch and another switch.


We can arrange the limit of eight perfectly designed Ethernet ports. The Current Cisco IOS switch can uphold six EtherChannels yet, similarly as with the advancement of new IOSs, the quantity of the channel including the quantity of ports might increment.

Initially EtherChannel is produced for speeding up on collected connections between switches. Notwithstanding, presently numerous servers support connect accumulation with EtherChannel innovation. EtherChannel makes balanced availability between two gadgets. It very well may be designed between two switches or an EtherChannel server and a switch.

Nonetheless, traffic can’t be shipped off two unique switches through a similar EtherChannel interface. The individual EtherChannel bunch part port setup should be something similar on the sides. Assuming the actual ports of one side are arranged as trunks, the ports of the opposite side should likewise be designed as trunks inside a similar local VLAN as well as, all ports in each EtherChannel interface should be arranged as Layer 2 ports.

On account of layer 3 switches, we can arrange layer 3 EtherChannels that will be talked about in a later section. A Layer 3 EtherChannel has a solitary IP address connected with the consistent conglomeration of switch ports in the Ether Channel.

Every Ether Channel has an intelligent port-channel interface, represented in the figure. A design applied to the port-channel interface influences generally actual points of interaction that are doled out to that point of interaction.

Advantages of EtherChannel

Ether Channel make conceivable more noteworthy speed by combining Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet ports, of the switch or switch as a solitary port. It utilizes a Cisco-exclusive hashing calculation to get this connection holding.

Ether Channel was created by Cisco as a change to-switch strategy of collection a few Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet ports into one intelligent channel. This sensible channel is otherwise called a port channel. The actual points of interaction are packaged into a port-channel interface. The advantages and benefits of Ether Channel are as follow:-

  • The vast majority of the arrangement is done in the Ether Channel interface rather than individual port, this guarantees design strength all through the connections.
  • For Ether Channel arrangement, no up-degree is required in light of the fact that it depends on existing switch ports. We can get a quicker interface association from the presence of more slow connections and can get more transfer speed.
  • Load adjusting happens between joins that are important for a similar Ether Channel. Contingent upon the equipment stage, at least one burden adjusting strategies can be executed. These techniques incorporate source MAC to objective MAC load adjusting, or source IP to objective IP load adjusting, across the actual connections.
  • Ether Channel makes an accumulation that is viewed as one coherent connection. At the point when a few Ether Channel groups exist between two switches, STP might hinder one of the packs to forestall exchanging circles. At the point when STP blocks one of the excess connections, it obstructs the whole Ether Channel. This impedes every one of the ports having a place with that Ether Channel interface. Where there is just a single Ether Channel connect, all actual connections in the Ether Channel are dynamic since STP sees just one (legitimate) interface.
  • Ether Channel gives overt repetitiveness on the grounds that the general connection is viewed as one intelligent association. Moreover, the deficiency of one actual connection inside the channel doesn’t make an adjustment of the geography; thusly a crossing tree recalculation isn’t needed. Accepting something like one actual connection is available; the Ether Channel stays practical, regardless of whether its general throughput diminishes due to a lost connection inside the Ether Channel.