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turning portfast on a router

I understand a Spanning Tree could be used on a switch, but could it also be used on a router?

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Re: turning portfast on a router

As you are probably aware, STP is a layer 2 protocol. Router is a layer 3 device but router interfaces can also be configured as layer 2 ports, using bridge-group command, in that case you can enable STP in a router and it functions the same way in the router.

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Sundar

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Re: turning portfast on a router

Thanks...What is the downside enabling STP on a router? thanks again...

bjw Silver
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Re: turning portfast on a router

The biggest benefit of not enabling STP on a router is to separate L2/L3 functions. STP is a switch-to-switch L2 loop prevention mechanism and is unecessary as soon as it hits a L3 device.

Re: turning portfast on a router

Agree with the previous poster. Naturally, when you add more processes it's going to require more CPU cycles but with the powerful processing capacity of the newer routers that shouldn't be a big problem. If you can then keep bridging separate from routing functions. However, if you have to bridge/route traffic from this router then that shouldn't be a problem.

HTH

Sundar

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