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what is the difference between the eth.src Address and the Bridge-System-Id? Sometimes they are the same but mostly not. Attached you will find a screenshot where they are the same.

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eth.src is the media access control address (MAC address) of the device which is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications at the data link layer of a network segment.

In terms of STP Bridge system identifier (BID) is a unique identifier composed by priority and MAC address.

So depending on the priority(32768 is the default value) which is in configured in increments of 4096 you will have different values showing on the BID.

EDIT HERE

In regards to your comment concern:

as you see in the screenshot the priority isn't zero but the mac and bridge-id are the same. How could that be if you are correct?

Highlight Bridge Identifier: 32768 / 0 / 00:17:ef:74:62:00 to check hex.

In the hex values you look for your MAC and in front of that you would see the 2byte for the decimal value of 32768 (32768+0).

So something like: 80 00 00 17 ef 74 62 00

  • as you see in the screenshot the priority isn't zero but the mac and bridge-id are the same. How could that be if you are correct? – Charlie Jan 18 '18 at 14:11
  • @thomas please check edited answer – DRP Jan 18 '18 at 15:14
  • Your comment is correct, but there is also a case where this do not work. I added a screenshot of an example where it do not match. – Charlie Jan 18 '18 at 16:19
  • @thomas first case is STP and the device itself is root bridge, second case is RSTP and device is not root bridge, my understanding per the scope of the title on the question it was about STP and not RSTP correct? – DRP Jan 18 '18 at 17:49
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    Some bridges use the source MAC from their interface towards the link in question but the bridge ID is always (built) the same for a specific device, regardless of interface. – Zac67 Jan 18 '18 at 17:50

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