On the SG300-52, I've noticed that SNMP monitoring of LAGs versus regular switch ports give incorrect (way too large and unrealistic) values for the octets transferred.

For simplicities sake, let's say I have two devices connected a SG300-52 switch. One of these devices is using LAG (802.3ad) with GigE ports while one is not (vanilla GigE). Transferring data from device 2 (non-LAG) to device 1 (LAG) shows an average rate of ~80MB/s on device 2 and device 1 using software interface monitoring tools. Monitoring SNMP ifOutOctets the LAG port for device 1 shows an average bandwidth (so the derivative of the raw SNMP value) of ~320MB/s. Looking at ifInOctets for the non-LAG device 2 port shows an average bandwidth of ~80MB/s.

Even ignoring the implausibly large value for bandwidth of the LAG device, communication to this device is only from the non-LAG device, i.e. there aren't other devices on this switch that are communicating with the LAG device at the same time as this test.

Using ifHC*Octets yields even more ridiculous results for the LAG group, while non-LAG ports still report bandwidth correctly. Has anyone else come across this?

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    Why is the value implausibly large? How many ports are in your LAG? Are you sure you're computing the rates correctly? Jun 6, 2015 at 11:33
  • Just 2x 1-GbE ports in the LAG. The values returned for instantaneous BW (computed as the time derivative of ifOctets* by InfluxDB) are ~320 MB/s for a single direction. Excluding framing, padding, scrambling and other variables, this would suggest that the aggregate link bandwidth is in excess of 24Gbps. Jun 7, 2015 at 5:40
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    320MB/s would be 2.5 GBit/s. That is not so inplausible if you would've had more than 2 members and there would perhaps be other traffic that could account for these number. As I don't know InfluxDB I can't say anything about the numbers. If it is correct it sounds like a counter bug. See my answer for that. Jun 7, 2015 at 20:21
  • @Sebastian: Whoops, that's right 320MB/s ~ 2.5 Gbits/s. Moot point anyways since I only have two members in the LAG group, so maximum line rate in a single direction should be 2 Gbits/s. Jun 11, 2015 at 1:21
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The thing is, Cisco is kind of notorious for wrong counters, be it interfaces or other stuff, especially "virtual" interfaces like LAGs. Maybe you're hitting a bug. You could try another IOS version or look for a Cisco bug report for this. You could also open a TAC case to have them look at it.

Also try looking at the counters for the physical member interfaces of the LAG. See if they in sum are correct / divert from the LAG counter.

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    SG300 series switches do not run IOS.
    – YLearn
    Nov 4, 2015 at 23:20

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