Another question regarding my university project.
I am insisting using layer 2 connectivity between the HQ and 5 branch offices as point-to-multipoint but before I can implement this solution I need to understand the equipment that the ISP would install at the HQ and branch offices.
I need to create resilience between the offices so have to implement dual connections. I am using 2 distribution layer 2 switches for resilience and plan to connect each Ethernet connection to the offices but I am unsure of how in will be able to load balance. What protocol will I use? Also should I run STP over the ethernet connections? Or should I run a separate STP that isn't associated with the branch office to prevent bridging loops?
What equipment does the ISP install at each office? As I implementing dual connections for resiliency do they install double equipment? Does the ISP run any protocols I should I take not of that will cause issues?
I am not 100% sure how I should do this. Any advice would be appreciated.
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