I have a network with 2 Cisco 3750 fiber switches. I configured each switch with a unique vlan 1 ip address for remote management. All ports are in trunking mode as each port may connect to a Ethernet switch with ports in vlan 1 or vlan 2. When the switches were installed on site, the installer cascaded the switches together using the StackWise cable. I did not realise that a stack would form because of this cabling. However, things became complicated when we put in a wireless tower. One switch had to be put in ip routing mode because one port needed an IP address as it was directly connected into a Dragon Wave wireless modem. I became very confused one day when the power went out and the switches rebooted so that switch two came up and was elected the master, getting the config of switch one. This, of course, made no sense since it is not in ip routing mode and no ports have an ip address. After much frothing around, I disconnected the StackWise cable and just used one port on each switch to interconnect. I had to manually restore each switch to its original configuration. This, however, makes no sense because I am wasting a port on each switch. The issue has become a little more complicated now because I had to upgrade switch 1 to the advancedIP firmware. An ISP helped us put in Cisco 2821 routers to take adavantage of OSPF routing and a MetroNetwork.
My question: Can I interconnect 3750's using the StackWise cables, but preserve the independence of each switch, that is, disable the formattion of a Cisco stack? I have a couple of other sites with switches interconneted using one of the fiber ports, so I would like to be able to free up these ports and just use the StackWise cable.