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Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 Official Cert Guide by Wendell Odom

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Chapter 7. Installing and Operating Cisco LAN Switches

When you buy a Cisco Catalyst switch, you can take it out of the box, power on the switch by connecting the power cable to the switch and a power outlet, and connect hosts to the switch using the correct UTP cables, and the switch works. You do not have to do anything else, and you certainly do not have to tell the switch to start forwarding Ethernet frames. The switch uses default settings so that all interfaces will work, assuming that the right cables and devices connect to the switch, and the switch forwards frames in and out of each interface.

However, most enterprises will want to be able to check on the switch’s status, look at information about what the switch is doing, and possibly ...

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