Why Won't This Trunk Come Up, Part 2

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Apr 23rd, 2010

Just wanted to bring back this discussion on manually setting the trunk parameters on two sides of a trunk and why it doesn't work.

The first time I did it was between two 3560s, and it didn't work.

Then I tried between a 3500XL and a 2960, and it didn't work.

Then I tried it today between a 2950 and a 2960, and it doesn't work.

1. Settings on each side:

Mode: Trunk

Speed: 100

Duplex: Full


(This config doesn't work)

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2. Settings on one side:

Mode: Trunk

Speed: 100

Duplex: Full

2a. Other side:

Mode: Trunk

Speed: Auto

Duplex Auto

(Results in duplex mismatch errors.)

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3. Settings on both sides:

Mode: Trunk

Speed: Auto

Duplex: Auto

(This works, negotiates full duplex and 100Mbps ethernet)

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Any ideas on why manually setting trunk parameters on each side, effectively disabling DTP, doesn't work?

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nelson.garcia Mon, 04/26/2010 - 11:10

Jon, this looks exactly like what I need. I never really did use crossover cables for anything, figured you could use straight through cables for everything these days. I might also add that i tried trunking two 2950s with a default port config together and the link wouldn't come up, so I tried a trunk between a 2950 and a 2960 and it DID work. My guess is that the older 2950s just need a crossover cable because they might not have MDIX like the 2960 may?

Thanks for the link, Jon. I'll let you know if this works.

Jon Marshall Mon, 04/26/2010 - 11:25

nelson.garcia wrote:

Jon, this looks exactly like what I need. I never really did use crossover cables for anything, figured you could use straight through cables for everything these days. I might also add that i tried trunking two 2950s with a default port config together and the link wouldn't come up, so I tried a trunk between a 2950 and a 2960 and it DID work. My guess is that the older 2950s just need a crossover cable because they might not have MDIX like the 2960 may?

Thanks for the link, Jon. I'll let you know if this works.

Nelson

Funny that because i do the opposite ie. i always use crossover cables but i think that means i'm a bit oldfashioned

Jon

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