# HPE Synergy Frame Link Module
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This sample includes sections from the product user guide including component identification, setup, operations, and an explanation of the frame management network.
This topic explains how the HPE Synergy Frame Link Module manages network traffic within an HPE Synergy 12000 Frame.Terms used in these instructions are defined elsewhere in the documentation and an external glossary.
# HPE Synergy 12000 Frame internal management network
Each frame link module contains an Ethernet switch that manages all HPE Synergy internal frame management network connections. Frame link modules also manage management ring (frame link topology) connections. The frame link module Ethernet switch ports connect to every appliance, device, and interconnect bay within the frame. Independent midplane signal connections and independent bay connections provide fault tolerance.
Frame link module Ethernet ports supporting the appliance bays run at 10Gb. Ethernet ports supporting the device and interconnect bays run at 1Gb. Appliance bay management Ethernet connections to both frame link modules are always active.
These Ethernet connections provide fault-tolerant connectivity to the frame management network. Device and interconnect bay Ethernet ports are connected to the switch through the Active frame link module.
# HPE Synergy 12000 Frame external management ring network
All external rack switches used for the management network must be IEEE 802.1D compliant so that LLDP packets are not forwarded.
Frame link module LINK port
The LINK port provides a 10Gb redundant air-gapped fault-tolerant network. Connected LINK ports create a management ring in a single frame or multi-frame configuration. Once the solution is cabled, management network connectivity does not require user or external rack switch configuration.
Frame link module MGMT port
The frame link module MGMT port provides a 1Gb or 10Gb connection to the external management network. MGMT ports connected to the management network provide redundant uplink connectivity for all frames in a management ring. For high availability in a multi-frame HPE Synergy solution, cable two or more MGMT ports, from separate frames, to your management network.
# HPE Synergy Image Streamer
HPE Synergy frames with HPE Synergy Image Streamer must have HPE Synergy Frame Link Module (2-Port) installed.
In frames with an HPE Synergy Image Streamer installed, the frame link module MGMT ports are both automatically configured for use by the installed HPE Synergy Image Streamer. The system uses the MGMT ports in frames with an HPE Synergy Image Streamer for boot image deployment. These MGMT ports cannot connect to the management network.
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