Devices, Media Types, and Switching Roles

The next few sections examine the different devices that you can use in your campus network, the media types that are typically used, and the role or roles that your switching products will play in designing a scalable campus network.


When dealing with a campus network, you'll have to use many different types of devices to deliver the services that your users need. The basic infrastructure of this network contains devices that move traffic between the users and their services. Choosing the correct devices is therefore very important. The following sections cover some of the basic kinds of devices that you'll typically use for your design: Layer 2 switches, routers, Layer 3 switches, and multilayer ...

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