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learning state in rstp

what is the use of learning state in rstp, since rstp does not use timers to forward a port after being in learning state for 15 secs

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Re: learning state in rstp

The learning state is not really useful, even with STP;-)

Basically, RSTP was built on the top of STP. If the RSTP enhancements are not applicable to a particular scenario, RSTP just behave like STP.

So for example, on a port with no neighbor and not identified as edge, the transition to forwarding will be slow, exactly as in STP (and you'll have a learning stage). Also, if an RSTP port is connected to an STP port, there will also be slow transition using the learning stage.

It's true however that in a network adapted to RSTP (p2p links, all devices running RSTP and edge ports identified), the learning state should not be used.

Regards,

Francois

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