Giga Etherchannel

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Mar 3rd, 2008
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Hi to all,

I would like to know if the FIBER & UTP (Catalyst 3560 Fiber SFP & 1000Base-T SFP) connection can be configured as GIGA ETHERCHANNEL?

Hope you could help me on this!!!



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Loading. Mon, 03/03/2008 - 22:46
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The ports must be of the same type.

"Configure a PAgP EtherChannel with up to eight Ethernet ports of the same type"

"Configure a LACP EtherChannel with up to 16 Ethernet ports of the same type."


I hope this helps.

Best regards.


aijaz802 Mon, 03/03/2008 - 23:08
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As far as I know you can create a ether channel as long as the physical ports are having identical speed/duplex settings, irrespective of the physical media. you can bundle gigabit ethernet port from Fiber SFP and gigabit port from 1000base-t-sfp to form an ether channel.

I hope this helps...pls rate if it helps..



mon_samonte Mon, 03/03/2008 - 23:50
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Hi aijaz,

You mean to say that it is posible to create an Gigabit Etherchannel even the media type (Fiber & UTP) is not similar???

Thanks for the help guys...



Jon Marshall Tue, 03/04/2008 - 00:26
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Hi Raymond

Yes you can do this. As long as the speed/duplex of the ports is the same you should be fine.


mon_samonte Tue, 03/04/2008 - 00:52
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Thanks for your reply Sir jon.marshall.

I Haven't tried it yet but I will update you if it will work.

Thanks again to all who attend to my question.

Best Regards,


albert_coll Fri, 09/12/2008 - 01:52
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The document "System Requirements to Implement EtherChannel on Catalyst Switches", states that in Catalyst 6500/6000 Series Switches that Run Cisco IOS Software, the Ethernet interfaces that participate in an EtherChannel can include both the copper and fiber-optic ports.


Be aware that this feature seems to be specific for platforms Cat6500 running IOS.


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