Chapter 7. Ethernet LAN Switching Concepts

This chapter covers the following subjects:

LAN Switching Concepts: Explains the basic processes used by LAN switches to forward frames.

LAN Design Considerations: Describes the reasoning and terminology for how to design a switched LAN that operates well.

Chapter 3, “Fundamentals of LANs,” covered the conceptual and physical attributes of Ethernet LANs in a fair amount of detail. That chapter explains a wide variety of Ethernet concepts, including the basics of UTP cabling, the basic operation of and concepts behind hubs and switches, comparisons of different kinds of Ethernet standards, and Ethernet data link layer concepts such as addressing and framing.

The chapters in Part II, “LAN Switching,” complete ...

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