The Spanning-Tree Protocol provides three user-configurable timers: Hello Time, Forward Delay, and Max Age. To avoid situations where each bridge is using a different set of timer values, all bridges adopt the values specified by the Root Bridge. The current Root Bridge places its timer values in the last three fields of every Configuration BPDU it sends. Other bridges do not alter these values as the BPDUs propagate throughout the network. Therefore, timer values can only be adjusted on Root Bridges.
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