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Using Ethernet switches to build LANs

In this expert response, our very own Lindi Horton explains how one might use Ethernet switches to build a LAN and what to consider.

Using an Ethernet switch to build up a LAN, do we need an Ethernet MAC?
To use Ethernet switches to build a LAN, it will use Ethernet Media Access Control (MAC) addresses to determine what network interfaces are connected to the switch. There are a lot of considerations to building a LAN with Ethernet switches. The primary consideration is whether to build a LAN with managed switches that will also prevent Spanning Tree Loops. In fact, there is an excellent article on SearchNetworking.com that provides the essential decision points for creating the right type of LAN Ethernet design.
This was last published in November 2006

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