Link Aggregation Control Protocol


Defined within IEEE 802.3ad, the Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) is a standards-based method to control the bundling of several physical network links together to form a logical channel for increased bandwidth and redundancy purposes. LACP enables a network device to negotiate an automatic bundling of links by sending LACP packets to the peer. By sending specialized frames down links with the protocol enabled, LACP dynamically configures these peers and failover occurs automatically when a link fails.