I would like to know how Cisco switches get connected in a production environment.
The way I thought they should be connected is:
1- Create VLANs on switches that computers will connect to.
2- If Switches are L3, then create SVIs and run the IP ROUTING command so that computers connected to separate VLANs can communicate with each other directly without taking a trip to the router.
3- Create a Trunk port on each switch where Vlans are created
4-Set up a backbone switch(HUB) and configure as many Trunk port as you have configured on other switches together.
5- Run CAT5 cables between the HUB switch Trunk Ports and all other Switches Trunk ports.
6- on the HUB switch , configure at least one port as a Routing port, by typing "NO SWITCHPORT" command.
7- Connect CAT5 cable between the routing port of the HUB switch to the end Router.
I believe that will work this way.. Please correct me if I am wrong