O'Reilly logo

Microsoft® Windows® Networking: Essentials by Darril Gibson

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 8

Networking Computers with Switches

Switches are an important component in any wired network. At one point, switches were optional in most, but they have steadily replaced Ethernet hubs because of their extra capabilities. Additionally, advanced switches can perform functions of a router.

In this chapter, you’ll learn the details of how a switch works and its benefits over a hub. You’ll also learn about the differences between managed and unmanaged switches, between layer 2 and layer 3 switches, and how a switch can be used to create VLANs. Last, you’ll learn some basics about switch speeds and switch security.

  • Connecting multiple computers
  • Understanding physical ports
  • Comparing hubs and switches
  • Comparing managed and unmanaged switches ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required