Chapter 5. Bridging and Switching

This chapter covers the following key topics:

  • Transparent bridging

  • Switching

  • Using virtual LANS

  • Configuring the Catalyst 1900 switch

Before configuring the Catalyst 1900 switch, you should briefly review bridging and switching technologies.

Bridges and switches are two data link layer technologies designed to increase bandwidth utilization and reduce collisions. This chapter briefly reviews each technology and then completes the configuration tasks set by the lab objectives for this chapter.

Transparent Bridging

The most common bridging technology is transparent bridging. Other forms of bridging exist, such as source-route bridging, source-route transparent bridging, and source-route translation bridging, but are out ...

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