ethernet bonding problems

Trent Piepho xyzzy at
Fri Nov 1 01:33:44 EST 2002

On Thu, 31 Oct 2002, Glen Alan Kaukola wrote:
> In the meantime, I would really appriciate it if anyone could provide me
> any help or advice to get this working.  And one other thing, in talking
> to someone on irc I was informed that ethernet bonding would not work at
> all with two seperate switches like I have and would only work with a
> managed switch.  A whole lot of the things I've read though on web pages
> say otherwise.  So I'm wondering who's right?

It works with two unmanaged switches, I've got a setup like that right now. 
It's using a managed switch you have to worry about, because some don't like
the same MAC address appearing on different ports even if they are on
different VLANs.

Has anyone found an increase in bandwidth from bonding gigabit channels?  It
seems getting 100% usage out of just a single channel is hard to do, so I
wonder if two will offer any improvement.  I did read something about someone
getting about worse performance after bonding two gbit channels, because the
packets then arrive out of order.

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