Switch connectivity

Hi experts,

It is comman practice to use 2 ports to connect between switches?
Currently we have a single port to port connection but seems like an obvious point of failure?

Thanks
jonhaggerAsked:
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salvagbfConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It is common practice if your switches have what's called the Spanning Tree Protocol (http://www.networkworld.com/details/3601.html) enabled. That will provide you with redundancy should one of the links go down. It'll also save you a bunch of trouble if someone accidentally makes a loop in your network.

Usually only Managed switches provide this feature. If your switch doesn't provide the feature, you do NOT want to plug in 2 lines.

Bernie
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JamesTX10Commented:
No. It can cause issues with traffic.

JamesTX10
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pseudocyberCommented:
It is a common practice.  You would either use SNMP to manage the loop, or better yet, use some kind of aggregated mechanism to "bond" the connections together - such as fast etherchannel or Nortel's Split Multi Link Trunking.
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jonhaggerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help!
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pseudocyberCommented:
You're welcome :|
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salvagbfCommented:
You're welcome John, thanks!
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