Stubby Post – Path Cost of EtherChannels

I was doing some STP labs tonight and found something that caught me off guard a bit.  I had been meddling with some EtherChannels between a pair of 3750s earlier today, and I forgot to reset the configs before starting on the STP stuff.  One my secondary root switch, I ran a show spanning-tree vlan 1 to see what status the ports were in, and I noticed the root path cost.

This switch is directly connected to the root bridge via a pair of EtherChanneled FastEthernets, so I just assumed I’d get a cost of 19.  I surely didn’t expect a cost of 12.  I added a third interface to the channel-group and wound up with this.

Obviously there’s some internal math going on with the EtherChannel and STP.  Guess what happens when I add a fourth link?

It’s interesting to see how the path cost changes in a way to seems disproportionate to the bandwidth.

Send any new math formulae comments this way.

Aaron Conaway

I shake my head around sometimes and see what falls out. That's what lands on these pages. If you have any questions, the best way to contact me is through Twitter at @aconaway.

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