I'm setting up a network based on L2 switches (Procurves 5304 xl).
We're using the VLans features of the procurves, by setting up on each one :
- a VLAN which will be dedicated to client conections
- 2 "routing" vlan for the connection to other switchs (Each Procurve will be connected to his 2 neighbours by Optical fiber, creating a loop.)
RIP is activated on each Vlan
My question is :
Do I have to activate spanning tree on the switches ?
I would say yes, because the loop topology is creating redondant connexions, but i'm not sure :
as there is only one direct connection between 2 vlans (even if there is 2 possible ways to reach it), shouldn't we avoid the broadcast storm problem ?
Furthermore, vlans are stopping broadcasts...
Spanning tree is a problem for us : RIP is not really working well with STP. Because of the blocked ports, the best way is not always the one which will be chosen
Thanks for your help