This article describes Spanning Tree Protocol and how to implement it on an Open Mesh Switch.
- Open Mesh Switches
Spanning Tree Protocol is a Layer 2 protocol that prevents loops in networks with redundant paths created by multiple switches. Open Mesh Switches support three variations of this protocol, which are explained below.
1. Navigate to Manage → Switches and select a switch.
2. Click Switch Settings.
Figure 1: Switch Settings
3. Click the Spanning Tree Protocol drop-down to reveal settings, then click the Enable checkbox to interact with them.
Figure 2: Spanning Tree Protocol options
4. Click the drop-down menu next to Protocol and choose one of the following:
- Spanning Tree Protocol: This is the standard Spanning Tree Protocol. A root switch with the lowest bridge switch ID (the bridge priority + the switch's MAC address) is elected. Ports are then flagged in five different states: blocking, listening, learning, forwarding, and disabled.
- Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol: A newer variation of STP with three states instead of five: discarding, learning, and forwarding.
- Multiple Spanning Tree: An expansion of RSTP that supports VLAN implementations.
5. Click Save Switch Settings.