For this one eagle drawing, I am not seeing the via option for 1-16 layer. I can only put a via connecting layer 1-2 (see attached). If I try to change layer while routing from top to bottom, I get the layer "can't set via to layer 1 ".

I have not experienced this before. It has to something simple I am missing. Could you please let me what it is, if you do.


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  • \$\begingroup\$ What are the layer settings in your DRC? \$\endgroup\$ Oct 9, 2017 at 6:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ For a two layer board you should have something like (1*16) for the stackup. I'm going to guess that yours is (1*2). \$\endgroup\$ Oct 9, 2017 at 6:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Dang, yes that was the issue. The drc was set to (1*2). Thanks for pointing out the error. Thanks Tom. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 9, 2017 at 6:50

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The available vias are based on the DRC Layers setup. On the DRC window, go to the Layers tab, and look for the box labelled Setup. This is where you specify how many layers are in your design, but also whether there are any blind or buried vias too.

Screenshot of DRC Layers Panel

For a two layer board, Eagle normally uses layer 1 (Top) and layer 16 (Bottom). As such your DRC setup needs to be (1*16). That string means that you have a board using layers 1 and 16 {1 16}, there is a core substrate layer between {*}, and that there are vias that go between these layers {( )}.

For more complicated boards like 4-layer, you might have a string like (1+2*15+16) which indicates layers 1, 2, 15, and 16 are used, with a core layer separating 2 and 15, then prepreg layers between 1 and 2 and between 15 and 16. Finally the only available via goes from layer 1 to 16, connecting to all in between.

In your case you will instead have the string (1*2) which means that your bottom layer would be on layer 2 rather than 16 (bottom). Simply changing the 2 to be 16 will fix the issue.


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