I have 2 Catalyst 2960 switches with gigabyte ports on them. Since the gigabyte ports are being used to connect the 2 switches I hard coded the ports on both sides with âspeed 1000â. When I do this the ports do not come up. I have tried both Cat5e and Cat6 cables. If I take the âspeed 1000â off on one side the link comes up. As a best practice I always hard code the ports that connect my switches. Not sure what I am missing here. Any advice would be great.