How LAN Switches Work
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How LAN Switches Work

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A description of how switches work on a local area network.
Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: April 04, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 12, 2005
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Send email to jeff.tyson@howstuffworks.com

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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Nicole Gray
13 years ago

Nicole Gray (Student)

Informative and easy to comprend. I like that the author does not assume you
know/remember how LAN switches works. keeps explanations simple.

Avatar for david haring
13 years ago

david haring (Student)

Good site for beginner who want to learn about LAN switches. It is to the point
a provides information that is easy to understand. The graphic help out with
the description as well.

Avatar for Martin Brown
13 years ago

Martin Brown (Student)

Good explanation of the how switches work and the uses of switches in a LAN.
Good resources.

Technical Remarks:

There are many good links to other articles and explanations of how other
components such as how routers work, VP network works, and how internet
infrastructure works.

Avatar for Victor Pantoja
13 years ago

Victor Pantoja (Student)

A good site to learn about LAN switches. The site does a good job of explaining
the difference between switches and routers. It also does a good job of showing
the layer where switches,routers, and hubs work.

Technical Remarks:

Good use of illustrations clearly explain key points.

Avatar for   Solorio
13 years ago

Solorio (Student)

Very good use of the graphics. Very descriptive and the presentation of the
information was well thought out. The graphic relations to the OSI model were
very helpfull.

Avatar for Susan Treble
13 years ago

Susan Treble (Student)

This is a great site for LAN Switches. I like these "How Stuff Works" sites.
They explain things in straight forward terms with enough technical information
so that it's not boring.

Avatar for Nick Kaster
13 years ago

Nick Kaster (Student)

Very similar to the site on DNS. It gives a quick and useful overview of LAN
switches.

Avatar for Nirav Shah
13 years ago

Nirav Shah (Student)

It is great site to get info about LAN switches. Material is very effective and
easy to access. I think website has great amount of visual aid that helps to
understand how LAN switch works.

Avatar for Scott Goult
13 years ago

Scott Goult (Student)

This site is very effective in covering the basic concepts in networking, but it
also goes into extensive detail compared to other sites. I like how they
defined some network terminology in order to explain concepts to people that are
not familiar with networking.

Avatar for Gene Doffin
13 years ago

Gene Doffin (Student)

Good site and is aimed towards beginners interested in this type of technology.
Discusses switching equipment in great detail and compares them to hubs and
routers. Additional links at the end of this article provides further
information on switching and routing equipment.