Spanning Tree Protocol: IEEE 802.1D Bridge ID

Spanning Tree BPDU messages are comprised in the following format:

  • Contains a 4bit (originally 2bytes) Priority field which can be configured to affect the RBID of the BPDUs being sent influencing the BPDU to be superior or inferior manually
  • System ID Extension field is also included which allows the VLAN ID to be placed into what was formerly the last 12 bits of the priority field.
  • Contains a 6byte MAC address field, MACs should be unique to each device so it can be a natural tie breaker during the election process.  Allowing a single switch to eventually win the election process even when no priority is configured.




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