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CompTIA Network+ Certification Study Guide: Exam N10-004, 2nd Edition by Scott Sweitzer, Mohan Krishnamurthy, Dustin L. Fritz, Michael Cross, Naomi Alpern, Robert Shimonski

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Chapter 4

Switching

Exam Objectives in this Chapter

Introduction

In the previous chapter, we discussed a wide variety of different network devices, a number of which are used to provide connectivity between computers, printers, and other devices on a network. Although routers, bridges, and repeaters were commonly used on networks for enabling communication, switches have by and large taken over their roles on most local area networks (LANs). They provide a broad range of functions on a network, with the most basic being the ability for two or more devices to communicate with one another.

As we’ll see in this chapter, switches can also provide ...

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