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ERS 3500 fiber ring

ERS 3500 fiber ring

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We have a customer that currently has 4 buildings on their property with fiber going to them all jumping from building to building, each one connected to a 3524GT-PWR via GBIC. The customer is adding another building looking to complete a fiber ring around the property. Right now I just have all the VLANs tagged on the ports that have the fiber plugged in. How do I program the 2 ports that will be connecting the fiber ring to prevent a loop? Do I need to change how the ports are currently programmed on the uplink ports now?

Not sure exactly what version the switches are on, think most of them are 5.2. I can upgrade if needed.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

RE: ERS 3500 fiber ring

If you have the same VLANs all the way around you will create a loop for sure. What I have done in this scenario, is setup unique routed WAN VLANs between the sites. I am not 100% sure which Layer 3 protocols that specific box supports, but this is how I have done it and it works just fine.

RE: ERS 3500 fiber ring

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they have the same vlans on all switches. based on response on other forums, it looks like RSTP is the way to go.

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