Connecting a Dell Powerconnect 2624 to a Cisco Catalyst 296g

Posted on 2007-08-03
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I want to connect a cisco catalyst 296g to a Dell Powerconnect 2624.  3 questions I have are:

should I cascade them using cat5 or SFP connector?  
If using SFP connection is there anything I need to do internally on them to set that up?
If using cat5 is there anything I would need to configure so that they would see each other or should it be automatic?

I need to know this quickly as we are moving on this next week.

Thank you,
Question by:JoelZart
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    1.  you'd want to use sfp if at all possible for bandwidth reasons.   some dell switches offer a 'link aggregation groups' compatible with cisco etherchannel so you could use 2+ cat5 cables in lieu of fiber if the powerconnect switch you have supports it (check the manual).

    some reference material:

    2. the sftp's *should* work out of the box, but if you have any trouble refer to the internet.  you may need to swap the fiber pairs A->B if you dont get a link initially.

    3. you may need to plug one end of your cat5 cable into an uplink port or use a crossover cable between switches.  otherwise you should not have any trouble.  if you're using link aggregration+etherchannel to aggregrate more than one link you need to configure each switch.

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