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Connecting two cisco ESW 500 series switches.

Hi Experts,

I have a basic knowledge of network and need some help.

I have two cisco ESW 500 series switches and i want to connect them together.

Q1 # Which type of cable i should use to connect these two switches CrossOver or fiber...What is the advantage of using Fiber over CrossOver. ?

Q2 # What are the marked ports in the image used for...???

pro ESW 500 series.jpg

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Rising star

Connecting two cisco ESW 500 series switches.

Hi tech spec,

You can use either copper or fiber. You can use straight through, crossover is not necessary. Fiber is usually more reliable, can offer better throughput, and much longer distances if needed. You will need to purchase SFPs to connect the fiber to the switches, which is an extra expense.

The ports on the right are shared. If you plug an SFP into the far right port for fiber, then the port to the left of it becomes inactive. Only the copper port or the SFP port can be used at one time. Also, these ports are usually used to uplink to another switch or router.

Please mark this thread as answered or reply if you have any additional questions.

- Marty

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Rising star

Connecting two cisco ESW 500 series switches.

Hi tech spec,

You can use either copper or fiber. You can use straight through, crossover is not necessary. Fiber is usually more reliable, can offer better throughput, and much longer distances if needed. You will need to purchase SFPs to connect the fiber to the switches, which is an extra expense.

The ports on the right are shared. If you plug an SFP into the far right port for fiber, then the port to the left of it becomes inactive. Only the copper port or the SFP port can be used at one time. Also, these ports are usually used to uplink to another switch or router.

Please mark this thread as answered or reply if you have any additional questions.

- Marty

Beginner

Connecting two cisco ESW 500 series switches.

@mpyhala..

Thank You So much for ur reply....

I wanna ask one thing that why it is said that we should connect two switches with cross overcable if we can connect them wth straigth cable..??

And do i have to use the ports on the right to connect another switch with it.....Is that u mean by "Uplinks"...??

Rising star

Connecting two cisco ESW 500 series switches.

tech spec,

Traditionally you would use crossover to connect switches. Most modern network devices have Auto-MDIX which allows the device to connect using either crossover or straight through.

The ports on the right can be used for uplink or as regular network ports. On the 10/100 versions the ports on the right are usually Gigabit, thus making them more suitable for uplink to another switch, etc.

Please mark this thread as answered or reply if you have any additional questions.

- Marty

Beginner

Connecting two cisco ESW 500 series switches.

@Mpyhala.

Ok....

If we want to connect more than two switch with it for redundancy purpose then after using the Gigabit ports as uplinks to the two switches.....

Should we have to use the remaining ports on the left to connect more switches......

-TechSpec

Rising star

Connecting two cisco ESW 500 series switches.

TechSpec,

Yes, you can use any port(s) on the switch to connect more switches.

- Marty

Beginner

Connecting two cisco ESW 500 series switches.

Thanks for ur Help.....!!!