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Switch 3300 superstackII

My school is using Switch 3300. Three switches are connected together. The status of module always turns on with an orange light for two switches, but on the other one there is no light for the status of module.
What might this mean? Does this pose any problems?
Good question! The orange light indicates that the switches are running Spanning Tree Algorithm (STA). This is a normal process. What is STA? It is a layer 2 bridging protocol that allows switches to be physically connected into a loop without suffering from broadcast storms. IP limits loops by using the TTL field, however, there is no method to limit loops within Ethernet. STA adds that functionality. Upon startup, each switch sends out a special type of frame to select the root bridge for the network.
This was first published in November 2002

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