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root switch

is the older switch has higher or lower mac address,

if i get new switch and old switch in a network , and leave them with the default priorities which one will be the root switch


Re: root switch

There is no way to tell if it is higher or lower without looking at it . If you are worried about it you should hardcode spanning tree priority .As best practice you should hardcode anyway unless you have just 2 or 3 switches in your network .

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Re: root switch


A root switch or root bridge is the switch with the lower bridge ID.Bridge ID is a combination of bridge priorit+Mac value.

However default priority is 32768.

You can configure a switch as a Root bridge by executing a command.

switch(config)# spanning-tree vlan (vlanid) priority (bridge priority)

Please do rate if works.

Re: root switch

Hi David,

I am not sure what exactly you want to know but if you bring new switch and old switch in your network and the one which has a lower mac address will become a root bridge.

The selection criteria is priority + mac address which is together known as bridge id.

Now if you have the default priority on all your switches and you connect a new switch with lower mac address it will become a root bridge.

Have a look at this link

HTH, if yes please rate the post.


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