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HP + 3Com Switches together

Discussion in 'Networks' started by davelee212, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. davelee212

    davelee212 Nibble Poster

    Hi all

    Does anyone have any experience using HP Procurve and 3Com switches together? Specifically, I'm looking at putting in a ProCurve 5400zl as the core switch with fibre uplinks to several locations with stacked 3Com 5500G switches. There will be two fibre links to each location so it needs to handle trunking them. We also want to be able to set up a few VLANs that will contain some ports on every switch.

    Following the HP aquisition of 3Com, they have suggested that the switches are all based on open standards so they will work. But.. I've had a few problems before, especially with Multi Link Trunking between switches from different vendors so wanted to see if anyone has any first hand experience!


    Certifications: Network+, CCNA (expired), MCSA 2000/03 + Messaging, MCSE 2000/03, MCTS:Sharepoint Config, VCP4-DCV, VCP5-DCV, VCP5-Cloud, VCP6-DCV, MCSA 2012, MS Specialist: Hyper-V
    WIP: Dunno yet
  2. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

    Never used 3Com for anything other than basic dumb switching (thank God!) but I think I remember a while ago it depends how you're setting up your trunks. If you're passing VLANs across, then there may be an issue setting the trunk type to LACP Static on one end - as the other end of the trunk will automatically be set to dynamic, and won't be able to pass more than one VLAN (unless you ponce about with GVRP).

    As you can see, I'm a bit wooly on this - but I think if both switches support LACP then you should be OK, provided you can set the trunks up properly as static at both ends. I'm sure I saw a blog post on this a while back while I was looking at a trunk problem between Procurve and Cisco, I'll see if I can dig it out.

    EDIT - Do these help?
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    Last edited: Jul 5, 2010
    Certifications: A few
    WIP: None - f*** 'em

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