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Switch Stacks

Meraki's switches allow you to configure anything from a single port to thousands of ports through our cloud managed Dashboard. In addition, Meraki switches now allow for physical stacking on select switch models. So you can easily manage all of your switches and get physical redundancy in the deployments that need it.

Bringing your Stack Online 

It is recommended to connect your stackable switches in a ring topology (pictured below) with a single uplink. With this setup, the switches will be able to connect to Dashboard, update themselves, and receive their configuration.

Please reference our documentation for step-by-step instructions on Configuring a Physical Switch Stack.

Flexible Stacking

On the MS420 and MS425 series switches you have the flexibility to use any of the front ports as either ethernet (default) or stacking. This option is available under the port configuration and can be easily modified by just selecting enable from the dropdown.

 

 

Once this configuration is made and the switches have downloaded the new configuration it's recommended to follow a similar ring topology as mentioned above for the overall port cabling. Ports configured as stack ports will show up with a new symbol on the nodes status page to indicate that it's configured for stacking.

 

 

Please reference our documentation for step-by-step instructions on Configuring a Flexible Switch Stack.

Viewing and Creating your Stacks

The Switch Stacks Page gives you quick access to all of the configured stacks in the network as well as provides easy configuration options for new Stacks that are being deployed. Clicking on "Add a stack" or when there is a detected stack you'll be able to easily configure a new physical stack.

Check the Health of the Stack

Viewing a Stack

In order to check the stack status visually simply click any row on the Stacks List. This will take you to the Overview of the stack selected. From here you can easily get a feel for connected ports and which switches are contained in the stack. We've included the capability to blink the LEDs on switches in the stack to easily indicate which switch it is for anyone who's on site looking at the stack.

Managing Stack Members

To add or remove Stack Members simply click on the Manage Members tab and select the switch/es that you want to add or remove from the stack and click either add or remove switches.

Replacing a Failed Stack Member

In the case of a stack member failure Meraki has you covered with easy configuration swap in a Switch Stack. Simply add the new switch to the network and use the Clone and Replace Member tab to select the failed switch and the new switch so configuration will be seamlessly swapped to the new device and you can cable it up and start using it.

Common Alerts

This switch's current stack members differ from the dashboard configuration.

This error can occur in the following scenarios:

  • Stack members are configured on dashboard, but not all members are connected via their stacking ports.
  • A stack member has failed or is powered off.

Ensure all stack members are online and connected via their stacking ports.  If connected correctly, the error will disappear within 20-30 minutes.  If the error persists, please contact Cisco Meraki Technical Support for further troubleshooting.

This switch is not connected to a stack.

This error can occur in the following scenarios:

  • The switch is configured on dashboard as a stack member, but is connected to a stack.

Ensure all stack members are online and connected via their stacking ports.  If connected correctly, the error will disappear within 20-30 minutes.  If the error persists, please contact Cisco Meraki Technical Support for further troubleshooting.

 

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