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IP Routing Fundamentals by Mark A. Sportack

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A Blueprint for Success

The blueprint for success begins with gathering your users' requirements. These become the inputs that affect every facet of your internetwork, from the size and type of transmission technologies, to the placement of routers, to the choice of routing protocol. Planning a WAN requires the successful integration of all these technical components.

Successful integration means that the performance of the finished network meets, or exceeds, performance requirements and user expectations. Therefore, it is important that you identify and quantify (to the extent that users will cooperate) these performance criteria before you begin the design. After you have identified your users' performance expectations, you can begin planning ...

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