Chapter 8. Configuring Ethernet Switching

Cisco LAN switches perform their core function—forwarding Ethernet frames—without any configuration. You can buy a Cisco switch, plug in the right cables to connect various devices to the switch, plug in the power cable, and the switch works. However, in most networks, the network engineer wants to configure and use various switch features.

This chapter explains a large variety of switch features, broken into two halves of the chapter. The first half of the chapter explains many switch administrative features that happen to work the same way on routers and switches; this chapter keeps these common features together so that you can easily refer to them later when working with routers. The second half of ...

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