HP Procurve switch stacking
Posted on 2009-04-28
I have three HP procurve switches (2424M) that have a gigabit module in each with a short (foot long) fiber strand connecting the modules and thus connecting the switches. A few months ago I purchased a Procurve 3500yl (48 port). I linked the top (first in the series) 2424M switch via a CAT6 cable to the new 3500. I am considering revising how these are connected. My thought is to connect each 2424M via individual CAT6 cables into the 3500, thus reducing the amount of traffic going through the single connection I have now between the top 2424M and the 3500. Does this make sense? Also, should I remove (or at least disconnect) the gigabit modules that presently connect each 2424M together? I suspect if I do not do that traffic will still pass through the other 2424Ms using the gigabit modules before getting to the 3500. Eventually, I plan to get another 3500 and link them as HP intends, but for now I have to work with these 2424Ms.