Edited by Christophe Paggen
This chapter describes the following three technologies that network designers can use to design switched LAN networks:
LAN switching (Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet)
Virtual LANs (VLANs)
ATM switching (LAN Emulation, Multiprotocol over ATM)
Current scalable campus network-design practices will also be discussed.
The LAN business is in constant evolution, driven by the desktop's need for more and more bandwidth. It is remarkable that even those working in the LAN domain for just more than a couple of years can actually refer to how things used to be "in the old days." A few years ago, the goal of a high-capacity LAN was to ...