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linking 5 switches to each other

By mehmetbotas ·
hi.
how should i connect 5 switches to each other.
should i connect it from one of normal port to other ones uplink port and so on.. or making one of them center and linking the other switches to the center with crossover cables. after saying your answer please say why.
thanks your anwsers in advance

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by Pan 13 x In reply to linking 5 switches to eac ...

connect the switches together by conecting the uplink on 1 to the normal port of 2. connect the uplink on 2 to the normal port on 3. and so on.
you stach the swiches and basicaly build a ladder up them. 1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4, ext. do not connect the uplink ports os all switches to one switch, you will more then likely over load the switch.

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by donald.g.healey In reply to linking 5 switches to eac ...

I would use a fiber back-bone to a bucket, down to the uplink port and so on and upgrade all my switches to SUPIII cards. More bandwidth.

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by ckilday In reply to linking 5 switches to eac ...

Question: do you have one switch that supports most/all of your servers and other services (internet)? If so, this should be your "core" switch and I would recommend a discrete connection between it and each of your other switches because almost all of your traffic will be coming to this switch. Hopefully, it is the switch with the most memory, fastest processor and fastest switching fabric so it is not overloaded by the demand.

If your servers are distributed throughout your enterprise, you might seek a redundant connection pattern so that no one switch is cut-off due to the loss of a single link. This means each switch will connect to two others. Spanning Tree Protocol should be turned on to prevent loops. It will send traffic over the fastest route to the destination, unless that route is unavailable; then it will route traffic over the alternate or redundant route.

Even with a core switch, you could still interconnect the other switches so that they had an alternate path back to the core if they lost their primary link.

My best recommendation is for you to look at where your resources reside, where does the traffic flow, and how critical to the business is it that everyone stay connected. Once you know that, an interconnection plan will practically design itself. Best wishes,
- ck

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by bohicam1 In reply to linking 5 switches to eac ...

Looking back into my Network+ books, you can't.
The 5-4-3 rule......5 segments, 4 devices (switches, hubs, routers) 3 of the segments can be populated with computers.
I am not quite sure if fiber-optic has the same limitations but definately ethernet and co-ax has that limitation.
Good luck!

Mike

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to linking 5 switches to eac ...

The 5-4-3 rule does not apply to switches, only hubs. If you are talking about switches, and not regular hubs, it really doesn't make a difference how you connect them. To understand why, you must have an idea of how a switch works.

Switches havethe ability to store information. As traffic passes through a port on a switch, the switch creates a table of MAC addresses. These MAC address tables consist of both source and destination addresses of NICs, WICs (these are the ports on the Ethernetside of routers), and switches (each port on a switch has a MAC address). Once the table is established, you have created a virtual LAN for every PC on your network. If PC #1 sends a request to Server #5, it will take a direct path through your 5 switches based on the routing information in your table.

To get an idea of why I say it doesn't matter if you uplink your five switches, or crossover 4 switches into one switch, think about this: A 3com 4400 24 port switch, for example, can record 8000 MAC addresses. You would never come close to reaching this limit with only 5 switches, no matter how you connect them.

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by Gigelul In reply to linking 5 switches to eac ...

If your switches have matrix port and these are in same place (rack) you can use a matrix cable. This type of connection will sum all switches in one big switch, with one IP and no other ports used.

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