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CHAPTER 9: PORT MIRRORING AND SETUP PORT SETUP
MULTILINK ML1600 ETHERNET COMMUNICATIONS SWITCH – INSTRUCTION MANUAL 9–5
To change the port speed on a transceiver port, it is required to reboot the switch.
9.3.2 Flow Control
The flow setting is disabled by default. In this case, the port will not generate flow control
packets and drops received flow control packets. If the
flow setting is enabled, the port
uses 802.3x Link Layer Flow Control, generates flow control packets, and processes
received flow control packets.
With the port speed set to auto (the default) and flow control set to enabled; the switch
negotiates flow control on the indicated port. If the port speed is not set to auto, or if flow
control is disabled on the port, then flow control is not used.
flowcontrol command to set flow control:
flowcontrol xonlimit=<value> xofflimit=<value>
xonlimit can be from 3 to 127 (default value is 4) and xofflimit ranges from 3 to
127 (default value is 6).
9.3.3 Back Pressure
The backpressure command disables/enables back pressure based flow control
mechanisms. The default state is disabled. When enabled, the port uses 802.3 Layer 2 back
off algorithms. Back pressure based congestion control is possible only on half-duplex, 10-
Mbps Ethernet ports. Other technologies are not supported on the MultiLink family of
rxthreshold value can be from 4 to 30 (default is 28).
Back pressure and flow control are used in networks where all devices and switches can
participate in the flow control and back pressure recognition. In most networks, these
techniques are not used as not all devices can participate in the flow control methods and
notifications. Alternately, QoS and other techniques are widely used today.
In the example below, the MultiLink family of switches are setup with flow control and back