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Cisco WS-C3750-24TS-S stacking cable implementation

Hello

 

There is a stack on the network that has (1) stacking cable that connects stacking port-1 on each device. There is not a second stacking cable currently attached. My understanding is that Stack port-1 on top switch should connect to stack port-2 on the next switch and vice verse.

 

What problems will i run into by disconnecting the stacking cable from switch 2 stack port-1 and then connecting it to switch 2 stack port-2.

The adding the second cable switch 1 stack port-2 to switch 2 stack port-1?

 

This is how they currently look

 

Switch/Stack Mac Address : MAC*                                          

H/W   Current
Switch#  Role   Mac Address     Priority Version  State
----------------------------------------------------------
 1       Member MAC    15     0       Ready               
*2       Master MAC       1      0       Ready

sMc
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If you only have two switches

If you only have two switches in a stack, then it doesn't matter which stacking port the cable goes to.  You can have 1 - 1 & 2 - 2 or 1 - 2 & 2 - 1.  

 

The important thing is you connect both cables so your stack can run faster.

It will certainly work with 1

It will certainly work with 1 cable but you will only be getting half the bandwidth and 'no stacking redundancy' as such. If the single stack cable were to fail then your switches will end up operating on their own which can cause further problems.

If you issue the command #show switch stack-ring speed, it will probably show the ring is running at 16GB Half. This is NOT half duplex, it just means that its not a full 32GB ring between the stack members.

Get a second stack cable and plug it in, they are not expensive.

I always do.

Port 1 of Switch 1 will go to Port 2 of the VERY LAST switch in the stack. This may be switch 2 if there are only two in the stack. Port 2 of Switch 1 will go to Port 1 of the Next switch down in the stack.

If you have two stack members:

Switch 1 Port 1 - Switch 2 Port 2

Switch 1 Port 2 - Switch 2 Port 1

 

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Hall of Fame Super Gold

If you only have two switches

If you only have two switches in a stack, then it doesn't matter which stacking port the cable goes to.  You can have 1 - 1 & 2 - 2 or 1 - 2 & 2 - 1.  

 

The important thing is you connect both cables so your stack can run faster.

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Leo Thank you for the reply.

Leo

 

Thank you for the reply. That will make things alot easier!

sMc
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Thanks for taking the time to

Thanks for taking the time to rate our posts, Steve.  laugh

Why are you using only one

Why are you using only one stacking cable?

I believe that by using only a single stacking cable between the switches, you will only get half bandwidth. To get full bandwidth, they need to be configured in a ring.

See the article below:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/lan/catalyst3750x_3560x/hardware/installation/guide/3750x_3560x_HIG/HIGINSTL.html

 

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 Devils_ad Thank you for the

 

Devils_ad

 

Thank you for the reply. I am new to this company. Prior tech only added 1 cable?!?

sMc

It will certainly work with 1

It will certainly work with 1 cable but you will only be getting half the bandwidth and 'no stacking redundancy' as such. If the single stack cable were to fail then your switches will end up operating on their own which can cause further problems.

If you issue the command #show switch stack-ring speed, it will probably show the ring is running at 16GB Half. This is NOT half duplex, it just means that its not a full 32GB ring between the stack members.

Get a second stack cable and plug it in, they are not expensive.

I always do.

Port 1 of Switch 1 will go to Port 2 of the VERY LAST switch in the stack. This may be switch 2 if there are only two in the stack. Port 2 of Switch 1 will go to Port 1 of the Next switch down in the stack.

If you have two stack members:

Switch 1 Port 1 - Switch 2 Port 2

Switch 1 Port 2 - Switch 2 Port 1

 

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Devils_ad Thank you for the

Devils_ad

 

Thank you for the explanation.

sMc
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