I have a SG300-28p switch I want to connect 18 devices, but want to balance or distribute evenly the traffic between groups of six ports (1-6, 7-12, 13-18). I was hoping to have DHCP enabled for all ports (if configuring for VLAN 100,101,102 to the ports respectively). Any advice for this configuration? I'm hitting a brick wall (as I'm a newbie). (Background - want to connect multiple Raspberry PI's for data analysis - so will consume lots of traffic).

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    The traffic distribution will be dependent on the MAC address of the destination. If all your traffic goes to one MAC address, it all goes to one port. There's nothing to configure.
    – Ron Trunk
    Apr 17, 2017 at 17:57
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Switch Generally does not provide Load balancing capability for one single mac address. Switch find destination based on mac address. Device can have only one mac address or only ip address,

but switch provide ether channel. Ether channel is link aggregation or port channel architecture is being used.

But device have to have multiple interfaces. when you use ether channel it will create one logical interface combining multiple physical ports. You can use 2-8 ports in ether channel.

for more details click Here


-Create vlans .

-Assign IP addresses to VLAN interfaces , it will be used as gateway for your

connected devices.

-Configure Ports to access the required VLAN.

-Create DHCP pools , in your case 3 , one pool per VLAN .

-if you want your VLANs to be connected to each other , you have to enable IP Routing at your switch , "Inter VLAN Routing " .

-The mentioned Scenario Requires a Layer 3 Switch .

At the end , its a bit difficult Setup to start with as a beginner though its a very good practice .

Try to read about " Inter VLAN routing on a Layer 3 switch " , you will find a lot of good stuff out there .

  • Your Configuration does not provide load balancing capability
    – infra
    Apr 10, 2019 at 3:47

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