Using the STP functionality of the switch makes your network more fault tolerant. This chapter explains more about STP and the STP features supported by ExtremeXOS.
NoteSTP is a part of the 802.1D bridge specification defined by the IEEE Computer Society. To explain STP in terms used by the IEEE 802.1D specification, the switch will be referred to as a bridge.
ExtremeXOS version 12.0 and later supports the new edition of the IEEE 802.1D standard (known as IEEE 802.1D-2004 ) for STP, which incorporates enhancements from the IEEE 802.1t-2001, IEEE 802.1W, and IEEE 802.1y standards. The IEEE 802.1D-2004 standard is backward compatible with the IEEE 802.1D-1998 standard. For more information, see Compatibility Between IEEE 802.1D-1998 and IEEE 802.1D-2004 STP Bridges.