The much-anticipated update to the bestselling book on LANswitching
Since the publication of the first edition of The Switch Bookseven years ago, LAN switching has witnessed significant changes,particularly in the areas of network layers, Ethernet, fastEthernet, segmenting LANs, layer 3 switching, layer 4 switching,and multi-layer switching, to name just a few. With this updatedguide, you'll discover the latest capabilities of LAN switches andget in-depth coverage of the abstract engineering principles behindswitch operations in addition to the practical application of thoseprinciples in commercial products.
Coauthored by an innovator who has been at the forefront ofnetworking technology for more than two decades, this uniqueresource begins by laying the foundation of the core technologiesunderlying LAN switch design, including network architecture,addressing, LAN technology, and LAN standards. Building on thosefundamentals, the book goes on to investigate the many advancedfeatures, as well as the possibilities, that exist in modernswitches. From there, you'll dive into the technical details oftransparent bridges as they are used between similar and dissimilartechnologies. You'll learn that, along with the performanceadvantages that are offered by switches, comes an increase infeatures, options, and complexity.
With more than forty percent new and updated material, thissecond edition of The All-New Switch Book explains:
The problems of link congestion that arise from the deploymentof LAN switches
How switches and end stations can use a group of independent LANsegments as if they were a single link
Security concerns that environments need to be aware of, and howto prevent attacks
The concepts and operation of source routing in both endstations and bridges
The various uses for Virtual LANs (VLANs) as well as the keyconcepts employed by devices that implement VLAN capability