Bridge Group Explained and Configuration [On Cisco Router]

What is a Bridge Group

In order to put router Interfaces in a single Broadcast domain, a feature Called Bridge-Group could be used. In simple words, if we want to configure bridging between router interfaces, we need to put them inside a single bridge-group ID.

The bridge-group command is used to configure a Cisco device to bridge traffic between two interfaces.

To assign each Router interface to a bridge group, use the bridge-group command in interface
configuration mode. To remove the interface from the bridge group, use the no form of this command.

Interface Fa1/1
bridge-group bridge-group-id

If you assign the same bridge-group id under router interfaces, they become part of a single broadcast domain.


You can bridge on any interface, including any serial interface, regardless of encapsulation. Bridging can
be configured between interfaces on different cards, although the performance is lower compared with
interfaces on the same card.

A separate spanning-tree process runs for each configured bridge group. Each bridge group
participates in a separate spanning tree. A bridge group establishes a spanning tree based on the
bridge protocol data units (BPDUs) it receives on only its member interfaces.

Bridge Group configuration on Cisco Router:


First, We need to Define which L2 protocol is used by the Bridge group:

Router(config)# bridge bridge-group-number protocol {rstp | ieee}

Assigns a bridge group number and defines the appropriate spanning-tree type: either IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol or IEEE 802.1W Rapid Spanning Tree.

Router(config)# bridge bridge-group-number priority number
(Optional) Assigns a specific priority to the bridge, to assist in the spanning-tree root definition. The lower the priority, the more likely the bridge is selected as the root.

The range of bridge-group id to which the interface belongs is from 1 to 255.

Bridge-group Configuration:

interface FastEthernet0/0
 no ip address
 speed auto
 duplex auto
 bridge-group 10
interface FastEthernet0/1
 no ip address
 speed auto
 duplex auto
 bridge-group 10
bridge 10 protocol ieee
no ip routing


  • Show Bridge:
R1#show bridge

Total of 300 station blocks, 298 free
Codes: P - permanent, S - self

Bridge Group 1:

Bridge Group 10:

    Address       Action   Interface       Age   RX count   TX count
0050.7966.6800   forward   FastEthernet0/0   4          3          3
0050.7966.6801   forward   FastEthernet0/1   4          3          2
  • Show spanning-tree
R1#show spanning-tree

Bridge group 10
  Spanning tree enabled protocol ieee
  Root ID    Priority    32768
             Address     ca01.5968.0006
             This bridge is the root
             Hello Time   2 sec  Max Age 20 sec  Forward Delay 15 sec

  Bridge ID  Priority    32768
             Address     ca01.5968.0006
             Hello Time   2 sec  Max Age 20 sec  Forward Delay 15 sec
             Aging Time 300

Interface           Role Sts Cost      Prio.Nbr Type
------------------- ---- --- --------- -------- --------------------------------
Fa0/0               Desg FWD 19        128.2    P2p R-L2GP
Fa0/1               Desg FWD 19        128.3    P2p R-L2GP

PC1> ping icmp_seq=1 timeout
84 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=16.549 ms
84 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=255 time=15.936 ms


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