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Re: Do I need to enable link aggregation on the router since I've setup bonded ports on the NAS?

Rabold
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Do I need to enable link aggregation on the router since I've setup bonded ports on the NAS?

I have a ReadyNAS 214 and a Netgear Nighthawk AX8 WiFi 6 Router (RAX70) - AX6600. I've enabled port bonding on the ReadyNAS. Do I also need to enable port aggregation on the router? The NAS is connected to ports 1 & 2 on the router, which are the aggregation ports, but it's currently disabled in the router settings.

 

Also, it's worth calling out that there seem to be KB articles for thisquestion on the main netgear.com site, but clicking on any of them takes me back to the main support page, at which poing I have to manually select a device type, etc., etc., etc., and am unable to ever manually weed around to find the KB article that was showing up in their search, but that I can't actually get to. Frustrating.

Model: RN21400|ReadyNAS 214 Series 4- Bay (Diskless)
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StephenB
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Re: Do I need to enable link aggregation on the router since I've setup bonded ports on the NAS?


@Rabold wrote:

I have a ReadyNAS 214 and a Netgear Nighthawk AX8 WiFi 6 Router (RAX70) - AX6600. I've enabled port bonding on the ReadyNAS. Do I also need to enable port aggregation on the router? T


FWIW, the manual for your router is here: https://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/RAX70/RAX70_RAX78_UM_EN.pdf

 

  • If you are using LACP on the NAS, you need to enable LACP on the router.  See page 86 above. 
  • You could use active backup, transmit load balancing or adaptive load balancing w/o enabling LACP on the router.
  • You definitely should not try to use Round-Robin, XOR, or Broadcast on the NAS

LACP is probably the best of the three options available to you.  However, the performance gain won't be huge, and is only realized when several clients are accessing the NAS simultaneously.  

 

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StephenB
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Re: Do I need to enable link aggregation on the router since I've setup bonded ports on the NAS?


@Rabold wrote:

I have a ReadyNAS 214 and a Netgear Nighthawk AX8 WiFi 6 Router (RAX70) - AX6600. I've enabled port bonding on the ReadyNAS. Do I also need to enable port aggregation on the router? T


FWIW, the manual for your router is here: https://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/RAX70/RAX70_RAX78_UM_EN.pdf

 

  • If you are using LACP on the NAS, you need to enable LACP on the router.  See page 86 above. 
  • You could use active backup, transmit load balancing or adaptive load balancing w/o enabling LACP on the router.
  • You definitely should not try to use Round-Robin, XOR, or Broadcast on the NAS

LACP is probably the best of the three options available to you.  However, the performance gain won't be huge, and is only realized when several clients are accessing the NAS simultaneously.  

 

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Sandshark
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Re: Do I need to enable link aggregation on the router since I've setup bonded ports on the NAS?


@Rabold wrote:

 

Also, it's worth calling out that there seem to be KB articles for thisquestion on the main netgear.com site, but clicking on any of them takes me back to the main support page, at which poing I have to manually select a device type, etc., etc., etc., and am unable to ever manually weed around to find the KB article that was showing up in their search, but that I can't actually get to. Frustrating.


There was a general problem with a lot of the KB articles yesterday, but it seems to be fixed now.  I think a server may have been down.

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Rabold
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Re: Do I need to enable link aggregation on the router since I've setup bonded ports on the NAS?

We have a house full of devices that routinely pull from the NAS at the same time, so the extra info that you added was super helpful, thanks!

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