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3Com switch Stacking

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Hello 3Com switch Experts
I have a 3Com 4200G 48-port switch which I am planning to stack with another of the same switch to make them a core switch. What would be the best way to stack them? Use link aggregation using 2 1Gig ports, use SFP or use Xenpak to connect the 10-gig slot on the back?
I will have about another 4 10/100 switches connecting to this core switch, all 3Com.
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Best way is using Xenpak. This will simply add more ports to the "same" switch. Uplink will limit the traffic, since the switch has a higher capacity than 2 GB.
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How about stacking it with SFP?
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Product description tells me SFP does only provide you with a 1GB-Uplink. So this would be an option for connecting long-distance. So Xenpak ist best, trunking/aggregation coming next.
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Basically these switches will be on the same rack. Distance isn't a factor here. Another question will be what is the purpose of using a 1000BaseT SFP when I can get the same speed with any of the ports.
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You can't have long distance (> 100 m) without using fiber uplinks. That's what SFP is for.
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