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Connecting 2 Cisco Catalys 2960 switches

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I would like to connect a Cisco Catalyst 2960 and 2960G together using 2 gig ethernet cables. What is the best way to do this? Is it sufficient enought to use the smartport macros on the 4 different ports?
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Just plug in the cables.

If the ports are fiber, make sure the swap the transmit and receive.

DTP will automatically create an 802.1q trunk. If you want to use etherchannel, you'll need to enable that manually. If you've already got macros defined that accomplish what you want, you can use them.
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Is there any advantage to etherchannel. I realize that just plugging in the switches will work but is that the best solution for bandwidth?
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It is a way of possibly realizing the bandwidth of both links. Without EtherChannel, spanning-tree will block one of the links. EtherChannel will attempt to distribute the traffic across both links. But it's not load balancing so there's no guarantee that it will be 50/50 across both links.  
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