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Basic Network Building Blocks - Hubs, Switches and Routers Introduction When you've got more than a few workstations, a few printers and perhaps a server or two, keeping everything connected in an efficient and peaceable fashion can get to be an issue. Enter the companion to the router - the switch. A switch is just that - a device that connects multiple network devices in a single network. More sophisticated versions of switches - known as managed switches - can allow the user to segment his network into two or more virtual networks, known as VLANs. Most small business operations don't require the sophistication and features of a managed switch, but some may depending upon their security needs. Don't rule out a managed switch if you can foresee some serious growth and differentiation in your business organization. Switch versus Hub Hubs are the most common SOHO networking connectivity devices, although the lower price of switches makes them thoroughly competitive with hubs. When it comes to performance, though,
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  • Fall '09
  • Prof.DaronAcemoglu
  • Network switch, switch, single network, Basic network

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