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LAN port aggregation and redundancy

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Some FortiAP models have dual Ethernet ports, labeled LAN1 and LAN2. These ports can be reconfigured to support Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) and uplink/POE redundancy.

For information on which FortiAP models have ports that support being reconfigured, refer to the FortiAP product data sheet.

Enabling LACP

Such FortiAP LAN1 and LAN2 ports can be re-configured to function as one aggregated link, per IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), allowing data traffic across both ports to increase the overall throughput and support redundancy.

LACP enables you to bind two or more physical interfaces together to form an aggregated (combined) link. This new link has the bandwidth of all the links combined. If a link in the group fails, traffic is transferred automatically to the remaining interfaces. The only noticeable effect is reduced bandwidth.

Tooltip

You can only enable the Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) from the FortiAP CLI. The commands for enabling LACP differ depending on the FortiAP model type.

To enable LACP on a FortiAP, FortiAP-S, or FortiAP-W2 model - CLI:
  1. Access the CLI of your FortiAP (see FortiAP CLI access).
  2. In the FortiAP CLI, set the WANLAN_MODE parameter to AGGREGATE by entering the following command:

    cfg -a WANLAN_MODE=AGGREGATE

    Note: By default, WANLAN_MODE is set to WAN-ONLY.

  3. Save the changes to the device flash with the following command:

    cfg -c

To enable LACP on a FortiAP U model - CLI:
  1. Access the CLI of your FortiAP (see FortiAP CLI access).
  2. In the FortiAP CLI, set the FAP_ETHER_TRUNK parameter to 2 by entering the following command:

    cfg -a FAP_ETHER_TRUNK=2

    Note: By default, FAP_ETHER_TRUNK is set to 0.

  3. Save the changes to the device flash with the following command:

    cfg -c

Some FortiAP models have dual Ethernet ports, labeled LAN1 and LAN2. These ports can be reconfigured to support Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) and uplink/POE redundancy.

For information on which FortiAP models have ports that support being reconfigured, refer to the FortiAP product data sheet.

Enabling LACP

Such FortiAP LAN1 and LAN2 ports can be re-configured to function as one aggregated link, per IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), allowing data traffic across both ports to increase the overall throughput and support redundancy.

LACP enables you to bind two or more physical interfaces together to form an aggregated (combined) link. This new link has the bandwidth of all the links combined. If a link in the group fails, traffic is transferred automatically to the remaining interfaces. The only noticeable effect is reduced bandwidth.

Tooltip

You can only enable the Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) from the FortiAP CLI. The commands for enabling LACP differ depending on the FortiAP model type.

To enable LACP on a FortiAP, FortiAP-S, or FortiAP-W2 model - CLI:
  1. Access the CLI of your FortiAP (see FortiAP CLI access).
  2. In the FortiAP CLI, set the WANLAN_MODE parameter to AGGREGATE by entering the following command:

    cfg -a WANLAN_MODE=AGGREGATE

    Note: By default, WANLAN_MODE is set to WAN-ONLY.

  3. Save the changes to the device flash with the following command:

    cfg -c

To enable LACP on a FortiAP U model - CLI:
  1. Access the CLI of your FortiAP (see FortiAP CLI access).
  2. In the FortiAP CLI, set the FAP_ETHER_TRUNK parameter to 2 by entering the following command:

    cfg -a FAP_ETHER_TRUNK=2

    Note: By default, FAP_ETHER_TRUNK is set to 0.

  3. Save the changes to the device flash with the following command:

    cfg -c