Port Status and Configuration
Table 12-3. General Operating Rules for Port Trunks
Media: All ports on both ends of a trunk group must have the same media type and mode (speed and duplex). The switch
blocks any trunked links that do not conform to this rule. (For the switches covered in this guide, ProCurve recommends
leaving the port Mode setting at
Port Configuration: The default port configuration is Auto, which enables a port to sense speed and negotiate duplex
with an Auto-enabled port on another device. ProCurve recommends that you use the Auto setting for all ports you plan
to use for trunking. Otherwise, you must manually ensure that the mode setting for each port in a trunk is compatible with
the other ports in the trunk.
All of the following operate on a per-port basis, regardless of trunk membership:
• Flow control (Flow Ctrl)
LACP is a full-duplex protocol. See "Trunk Group Operation Using LACP" on page 12-15.
Trunk Configuration: All ports in the same trunk group must be the same trunk type (LACP or Trunk). All LACP ports in the
same trunk group must be either all static LACP or all dynamic LACP.
A trunk appears as a single port labeled
LACP or Trunk) on various menu and CLI screens. For a listing of which screens show which trunk types, see "How the
Switch Lists Trunk Data" on page 12-21.
For STP or VLAN operation, configuration for all ports in a trunk is done at the trunk level. (You cannot separately configure
individual ports within a trunk for STP or VLAN operation.)
Traffic Distribution: All of the switch trunk protocols use the SA/DA (Source Address/Destination Address) method of
distributing traffic across the trunked links. See "Outbound Traffic Distribution Across Trunked Links" on page 12-22.
or, in networks using Cat 3 cabling,
Dyn1 (for an LACP dynamic trunk) or Trk1
Recommended Port Mode Setting for LACP
(for a static trunk of any type: