LACP (802.3ad link aggregation) for uplink?
I'm thinking of getting a couple Nighthawk X8 routers to use as simple access points. I plan to disable routing features and connect them to the existing LAN switch (in a Cisco 7600 router). It might be overkill, but my house is big enough that 5Ghz coverage can't be provided everywhere without roaming with at least two APs, and this option seems more economical than something like a Meraki or Aironet setup (the area to be covered is kind of borderline mid-to-large, two APs would be more than enough, but one is insufficient, and centrally managed WLAN systems are expensive when I plan to only have two APs).
My question is, given my situation, would I be able to use the LACP enabled switchports on the Nighthawk for the uplink to the switch? With 802.11ac and MU-MIMO, it seems more than feasable that with 5-6 hosts connecting to the AP, a gigabit connection coule be a bottleneck, and the meraki MR53 is the only AP I know that supports NBase-T. With layer 2+3 LACP, I'm thinking that I could eliminate this bottleneck. Would what I'm planning to do work? I'm not sure if you use the switchports on the Nighthawk routers when you use them as AP's.
Also, are ports 1 and 2 the only ones that support LACP? Any way to bundle more ports?
Re: LACP (802.3ad link aggregation) for uplink?
Welcome to the community, @kumowoon1025
Unfortunately, the LAG ports cannot be used as an uplink port.
Only ports 1 and 2 are the dedicated ports for LAG and there is no way to extend the functionality to other ports available.
NETGEAR Community Team