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Stacking to Fit your Network

Meraki Switches have multiple options to best fit your network deployment. This article discusses the MS stacking features that can be leveraged to best suit your deployment, specifically: Virtual Stacking, Physical Stacking, and Flexible Stacking.

Virtual Stacking

With the MS product it's very easy to manage and deploy hundreds of ports on a network. This is made possible via the use of Virtual Stacking, which is the ability to easily push configuration to hundreds of ports in the network regardless of where the switches are physically located.

By entering a simple filter, a network administrator can easily modify the required ports in just a few clicks.

Physical Stacking

The MS410 and MS350 provide for easy management and physical redundancy through Physical Stacking. Utilizing two physical stacking ports on the back of each switch, a stack can provide for gateway redundancy at layer 3 and dual-homing redundancy at layer 2. Only a single uplink is required to provide connectivity to the stack once all stacking cables are installed.

The following image shows recommended stack cabling.

A step-by-step guide for configuring a physical switch stack can be found here.

Flexible Stacking

Availability and redundancy are most helpful at the distribution layer of a network. On MS420 and MS425 series switches, any two ports can be configured as stack ports. This allows for full redundancy setup for your gateway and minimizes the impact of a failure in the network.

To achieve flexible stacking, select two ports on each switch and enable the stacking option:

 

A step-by-step guide for configuring a flexible switch stack can be found here.

Stacking Availability

Only like-models can be stacked.  For example, MS350-48 and MS350-24X can be stacked, but MS250-48 cannot be stacked with a MS350-48.

Model Virtual Stacking Physical Stacking Flexible Stacking
MS220

 

 

MS320

 

 

MS225

 

MS250

 

MS350

 

MS410

 

MS420

 

MS425

 

 

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