I have the following topology:
I intend to build this network with the PC acting as a DHCP server and multiple IP-enabled custom development boards connected to the switch and some connected to each other for network redundancy. By design, each dev board has two Ethernet ports and retransmits data received on a port to another.
I am worried that the connections between the dev boards could generate loops.
Can this topology be used without existing the risk of loops appearing? How? Does the switch automatically recognize the connected devices (MACs) and avoids loops?