Introduction to switch management

Stacking enables you to use a single IP address and standard network cabling to manage a group of up to 16 total switches in the same IP subnet (broadcast domain). Using stacking, you can:
  • Reduce the number of IP addresses needed in your network.

  • Simplify management of small workgroups or wiring closets while scaling your network to handle increased bandwidth demand.

  • Eliminate any specialized cables for stacking connectivity and remove the distance barriers that typically limit your topology options when using other stacking technologies.

  • Add switches to your network without having to first perform IP addressing tasks.

  • When an older model of switch is running as the commander of a stack, the web GUI cannot be used to monitor or manage a stack member that is of a newer switch generation.

  • In the default configuration, stacking in the "candidate" state is enabled.

  • For additional rules and restrictions, see Operating rules for stacking.