If you can picture all connections coming into a hub, the packet travels through every port. With a switch, it...
By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.
can read the MAC info, or in the case of a Layer 3 switch, the IP address info, and it will skip over any ports that do not need the packet and switch it over to the port that does through the switching fabric.
Dig Deeper on Network Design
Related Q&A from Carrie Higbie Goetz
Maintaining voice communications is vital to disaster recovery. Networking expert Carrie Higbie Goetz explains how to build a disaster recovery ...continue reading
The growing use of collaboration apps is putting pressure on the business mobile network. Learn how to support collaboration on both mobile and Wi-Fi...continue reading
Learn how to prepare your organization for a SIP deployment through a clearly defined evaluation of your organization's network requirements and ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.