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If i plug 2 network cables from the same source to cisco switch 2960, will it cause network problem? for example, packet drop, looping and etc. How to know that there are 2 same sources connect to the switch? Is there any ways to identify the problem especially for those non-well organised network infrastructure?

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scottmac Sat, 09/26/2009 - 07:05

As described, yes, it will cause major problems.

To use concurrent parallel/redundant links, other protocols come into play, or you will have created a bridge loop ... which has the potential (and usually does) swamp the switch with broadcasts and take everything down (occasionally requires a power-cycle to recover).

If you want to do "teaming" you need to set up the client and switch to use the same teaming protocols.

Teaming is usually implemented for two general functions; redundant/backup links or/and bandwidth increases.

What are / were you trying to accomplish?

As far as troubleshooting goes, if you don't have labeled cable runs, it can be ugly. Ultimately the quickest easiest to way is to unplug everything, and then start plugging things back in one link at a time, wait for the link to come up and watch the utilization indicators on the switch ... it it goes from blink...blink ... blink to solid all lights on within a few seconds, you have a redundant link, leave it out.

There are other ways, this is the fastest.

Your best bet is to hire a professional network person / consultant / VAR out to scope you network and make some educated recommendations ... then hire a Hitman to smoke the person that set up the original network and the person that hired 'em. This is what "getting off cheap" does for you ... a professional will walk away rather than set it up poorly (like this) because of unrealistic budgetary constraints.

Lucien Avramov Sat, 09/26/2009 - 10:40

switching works per mac address.

When you say same source, you mean you have 1 NIC card connected to a hub and then to the switch?


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