Technology - Data 4 - LAN Principles

Synopsis

This report reviews the history of Ethernet LAN architectures and provide a detailed description of Layer 2 Ethernet working with Layer 3 IP protocols to carry a complete communication session. Also discussed are routers and the lesser used LAN technologies, Token Ring, ATM, FDDI, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. Hubs, repeaters and bridges
    • 3.1 Hub
    • 3.2 Repeaters
    • 3.3 Bridges
  • 4. Switches
    • 4.1 Switch operation with TCP/IP
      • 4.1.1 IP addresses
      • 4.1.2 Ethernet MAC addresses
      • 4.1.3 Address Resolution Protocol
      • 4.1.4 Switch learns MAC addresses
      • 4.1.5 Switches connected to other switches
      • 4.1.6 Content Addressable Memory (CAM)
    • 4.2 Multicast IP
      • 4.2.1 IGMP snooping
      • 4.2.2 Scaling to large networks
    • 4.3 Routers
  • 5. Token Ring
  • 6. FDDI – Fibre-Distributed Data Interface
  • 7. Fibre Channel
  • 8. InfiniBand
  • 9. Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
  • 10. Wireless LANs
  • 11. Related reports

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Number of pages 9

Status Archived

Last updated 5 May 2008
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Analyst: Robin Whittle

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