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Power Stacking for 3750x - Both cables needed?

Suppose I have a 3 member stack of 3750x switches.  Members a, b and c.

I have all 3 members stacked with all 3 *data* stacking cables in a daisy-chain topology.  The 50 cm data stacking cable from switch a (on the very top) to switch c (on the very bottom) just barely reached.

Of course, that means the 30 cm *power* stacking cable didn't reach between a & c.  Right now, the power stacking cable goes from a to b, and then another cable from b to c.  Leaving me with a useless extra 30 cm power stacking cable.

My question is, can switch "a" receive power from switch "c" through switch "b"?  Is this just a big electrical "bus"?  What if the power supply in switch "b" is removed?

Just wondering if there is a need for me to get a longer power stacking cable (one of the 150 cm power stacking cables).  Would there be any benefit?  Is only a certain amount of power shareable through each power stacking cable?

I read the config guide here and the faq here and I didn't see a clear answer.


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Power Stacking for 3750x - Both cables needed?

It is pool of power combined among all switches:

The  Cisco Catalyst 3750-X and 3560-X Series Switches are designed for power  supplies that provide a single power voltage. This approach simplifies  the power supply design and allows aggregation of power, from power  supplies in a single switch and across switches in a power stack. Cisco  StackPower technology creates a pool of power that shares a common load  consisting of all the switches in the power stack. This capability to  manage power as share resource is unique to a stack of switches that can  operate as a single unit. Therefore StackPower technology is available  only on the Catalyst 3750-X switches.

Note  that all power available in the power stack is combined into one single  large pool of power, and the stack becomes a large single load to the  power pool (Figure 2).

Here is the doc:


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Power Stacking for 3750x - Both cables needed?

Thanks for the article Reza.

In that article, I found this little gem:

"Any switch can only share up to 2000W of power to a  neighbor, whether the power is to be consumed by the neighbor or to be  passed down to another switch in the stack."

So in my scenario, that makes it sound like switch "a" can send up to 2000W of power to switch "b" for "b" to use itself or pass it on to its neighbor (switch "c").

Good enough for me.


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