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Figure 35 Use 2-port interface cards to set up multi-link IRF connection
If both of the neighboring switches use 1-port interface cards, the port on MOD 1 on one switch
must connect to the port on MOD 2 on the other switch (see callout 1 in
If one switch uses a 1-port interface card but the other switch uses a 2-port interface card:
If the 1-port interface card is in the MOD 1 slot, the port on the card must connect to the right
port on the 2-port interface card (see callout 2 in
If the 1-port interface card is in the MOD 2 slot, the port on the card must connect to the left port
on the 2-port interface card.
Figure 36 Cable connections for an IRF fabric with 1-port interface cards

Configuring basic IRF settings

After you install the IRF member switches, power on the switches, and log in to each IRF member switch
(see HP 5500 EI & 5500 SI Switch Series Fundamentals Configuration Guide) to configure their member
IDs, member priorities, and IRF port bindings.
Follow these guidelines when you configure the switches:
Assign the master switch higher member priority than any other switch.
Bind physical ports to IRF port 1 on one switch and to IRF port 2 on the other switch.
Execute the irf-port-configuration active command to activate the IRF port configuration.
Execute the display irf configuration command to verify the basic IRF settings.


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