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Introduction to Computer Networks and Cybersecurity by J. David Irwin, Chwan-Hwa Wu

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Chapter 7

The Ethernet and Switches

The learning goals for this chapter are as follows:

  • Understand the importance of Ethernet and the dominant topologies that are employed with it
  • Learn the advantages and limitations of the various transmission media employed with Ethernet
  • Explore the interconnection capabilities of bridges and switches in handling Ethernet frames
  • Learn the functional differences that exist between switches at layers 2 and 3
  • Understand the differences between the two types of switch fabric
  • Explore the architecture and features of multilayer switches and the design issues associated with Ethernet switches
  • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of managed switches

7.1 Ethernet Overview

Ethernet is today essentially the only ...

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