Even as Cisco continues to expand its line of products into areas such as IP telephony, content networking, and security, its LAN switching products continue to account for more than half of the company's overall product sales. Because switching devices are considered by many to be the “plumbing” of every campus networking environment, LAN switching is an area of networking that virtually all network engineers need to understand, at least at a fundamental level. It is for this reason we set out to write the Cisco LAN Switching Fundamentals book for Cisco Press. Although a wide variety of books exists on traditional routing topics, we saw a need to write a book for those who might have had their hands on a router before, but did not ...

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