Channel Bonding

Michael Sowka msowka at
Wed Aug 15 14:00:20 EDT 2001

I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction with some 
question I have about channel bonding. Linux kernel side seems to be 
easy enough with the CONFIG_BONDING=Y and other "various" /etc stuff... 
but what about the switches?! In the kernel Configuration Documentation 
it mentions something like a Cisco 5500 switch... I looked it up and it 
seems that the 5000 series switches are the "standard" for what Cisco 
calls Etherchannel (Channel bonding = Etherchannel). Now I sorta' assume 
that's an expensive piece of equipment, and the goal of our little 
project here is to build a very VERY "Class I" system (read: cheap, VERY 
off the shelf equipment)... won't a simple 300$ 8-port switch do??? 
Thanks for any comment and pointers,

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