Stack switches

I have 5 3500XL switches that I would like to stack together to form a single unit. This way I can have redundant uplinks to distribution layer. Should I cascade them using fiber or using the Gigastack module from Cisco? The reason I am confused is that if using fiber works, why would Cisco produce Gigastack where you only achieve half-duplex link between switch?

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It's cheaper.

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The gigastacks require less GBIC ports to stack switches instead of using the copper or fiber gbics to accomplish the same thing.


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Amy L.

But if running half-duplex, would the performance be less than cascade them using fiber at full?

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