What that means is that you cannot add features or options to the switch beyond

What that means is that you cannot add features or

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What that means is that you cannot add features or options to the switch beyond those thatoriginally came with the switch. The particular model you purchase determines the featuresand options available. For example, if you purchase a 24Fport gigabit fixed switch, you cannotadd additional ports when you need them.
MSI 301: LAN SWITCHING AND WIRELESS | SOLVED ASSIGNMENT5Modular Switches:Modular switches offer more flexibility in their configuration. Modular switches come withdifferent sized chassis that allow for the installation of different numbers of modular linecards. The line cards contain the ports. The line card fits into the switch chassis like expansioncards fit into a PC. The larger the chassis, the more modules it can support.Stackable Switches:Stackable switches can be interconnected using a special backplane cable that provides highFbandwidth throughput between the switches. Cisco introduced StackWise technology in one ofits switch product lines. StackWise allows you to interconnect up to nine switches using fullyredundant backplane connections.Switch Performance:When selecting a switch for the access, distribution, or core layers, consider the capability ofthe switch to support the port density, forwarding rates, and bandwidth aggregationrequirements of your network.Port Density:Port density is the number of ports available on a single switch. Fixed configuration switchestypically support up to 48 ports on a single device, with options for up to four additional portsfor small formFfactor pluggable (SFP) devices.High port densities allow for better use of space and power when both are in limited supply. Ifyou have two switches that each contain 24 ports, you would be able to support up to 46devices because you lose at least one port per switch to connect each switch to the rest of thenetwork. In addition, two power outlets are required. On the other hand, if you have a single48Fport switch, 47 devices can be supported, with only one port used to connect the switch tothe rest of the network, and only one power outlet needed to accommodate the single switch.Modular switches can support very high port densities through the addition of multiple switchport line cards. For example, the Catalyst 6500 switch can support in excess of 1000 switchports on a single device.Large enterprise networks that support many thousands of network devices require highdensity, modular switches to make the best use of space and power. Without using a highFdensity modular switch, the network would need many fixed configuration switches toaccommodate the number of devices that need network access. This approach can consumemany power outlets and a lot of closet space.You must also address the issue of uplink bottlenecks. A series of fixed configuration switchesmay consume many additional ports for bandwidth aggregation between switches for thepurpose of achieving target performance. With a single modular switch, bandwidth

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