Chapter 10Network Devices

Various hardware devices can be deployed to connect a network. Knowledge of how they work and where to place them is critical to designing the network. A poorly designed network will be difficult to optimize, regardless of the quality of the equipment.

This chapter is dedicated to explaining the role played by each device and the principles that drive the positioning of each so that you'll have a ­better understanding of its role. Specifically, this chapter covers the following topics:

  • Describing device functions
  • Understanding device placement principles

Describing Device Functions

Infrastructure devices are those devices that connect sections of the network together, like road systems that connect cities and towns. ...

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