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nickcardwell1
Occasional Visitor

stacking switches.

we have 2 hp procurve switches (2848 and a 2824)

Other than saving an ip address is their any other benefits to stacking?


Thanks in advance.
nick
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Mohieddin Kharnoub
Honored Contributor

Re: stacking switches.

Hi

Stacking with many vendors will be with the use of a special port and special Cable.

With ProCurve, you can have stacking with normal Ethernet ports, or you can even do the cascading.

Saving an IP is not a big deal, before that was used to manage a group of switches with one IP, but we have PCM that can do this job efficiently.

Good Luck !!!
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Paul_Go
Occasional Advisor

Re: stacking switches.

Stacking or cascading can also save uplinking resources, in that if you use fibre uplinks and only have a limited number, for example, you don't need to provide an uplink to each switch.

Paul.
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Matt Hobbs
Honored Contributor

Re: stacking switches.

I would use it only as an absolute last resort if I really needed to save IP addresses. That's the only advantage it.

Some of the disadvantages I've seen others experience are: java related bugs with your web browser, compatibility with different ProCurve switches and difficulty updating firmware on stacked switches, etc.

In your setup though, two 2800's should work quite well with stacking.

nickcardwell1
Occasional Visitor

Re: stacking switches.

thanks for the replies.

I dont think we will use it, if it doesnt benefit our network other than free an ip address it isnt worth it.