Stacking a non-Cisco Switch with a Catalyst Express 500 switch

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Jan 15th, 2009
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We are using a Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Ethernet switch and need to add another switch to get a few more ports. Is is possible to stack a Catalyst Express 500 Ethernet switch with a non-Cisco Ethernet switch. If so, is there any Cisco documentation telling how to do this?

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Joseph W. Doherty Fri, 01/16/2009 - 08:07
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If by stack, you mean connect the two switches via Ethernet ports, yes you should be able to do that. Depending on the port capabilities of the switches, and whether they have any special uplink ports, you might need to use a different Ethernet connecting cable (cross-over vs. straight thru).

John Blakley Fri, 01/16/2009 - 09:23
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Joseph is correct. You should be able to do this with no problem. "Stack" refers to seeing multiple switches as one unit, and being able to manage all switches in the stack with one address.



dbdickson Fri, 01/16/2009 - 11:20
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Thank you. I will check the second switch specifications and give it a try.

Duane, for perfectosun.


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