The Fortinet data center switches support the Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) for transmission and reception wherein the switch will multicast LLDP packets to advertise its identity and capabilities. A switch receives the equivalent information from adjacent layer-2 peers.
Fortinet data center switches support LLDP-MED (Media Endpoint Discovery), which is an enhancement of LLDP that provides the following facilities:
- Auto-discovery of LAN policies (such as VLAN, layer-2 priority, and differentiated services settings), to enable plug-and-play networking.
- Device location discovery to allow the creation of location databases and Enhanced 911 services for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
- Extended and automated power management for power over Ethernet (PoE) endpoints.
- Inventory management, allowing network administrators to track their network devices, and determine their characteristics (manufacturer, software and hardware versions, serial or asset number).
The switch will multicast LLDP packets to advertise its identity and capabilities. The switch receives the equivalent information from adjacent layer-2 peers.
Starting in FortiSwitch 6.2.0, you can use the CLI to configure the location table used by LLDP-MED for enhanced 911 emergency calls.
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