This chapter describes how to configure EtherChannels on the Catalyst 6500 series switch Layer 2 or
Layer 3 LAN ports.
This chapter consists of these sections:
Understanding How EtherChannels Work
These sections describe how EtherChannels work:
For complete syntax and usage information for the commands used in this chapter, refer to the
Catalyst 6500 Series Switch Cisco IOS Command Reference publication.
The commands in the following sections can be used on all LAN ports in Catalyst 6500 series
switches, including the ports on the supervisor engine and a redundant supervisor engine.
Release 12.1(13)E and later releases support the IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol
The WS-X6548-GE-TX and WS-X6548V-GE-TX fabric-enabled switching modules do not support
more than 1 Gbps of traffic per EtherChannel, except when the switch is operating in truncated
The WS-X6148-GE-TX and WS-X6148V-GE-TX switching modules do not support more than
1 Gbps of traffic per EtherChannel.
Understanding How EtherChannels Work, page 13-1
EtherChannel Feature Configuration Guidelines and Restrictions, page 13-5
Configuring EtherChannels, page 13-6
EtherChannel Feature Overview, page 13-2
Understanding How EtherChannels Are Configured, page 13-2
Understanding Port Channel Interfaces, page 13-5
Understanding Load Balancing, page 13-5
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