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Wireshark Revealed: Essential Skills for IT Professionals by Charit Mishra, Yoram Orzach, James H Baxter

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Switching and routing packets

So far, we've covered the topics required to discuss how packets of data get routed from computer A to host B across LANs and/or WANs over distances that may range from across a room to across the globe. The important concepts to remember are that Ethernet frames work with switches and IP packets work with routers to accomplish this feat, which we'll cover in the next section.

Ethernet frames and switches

To reiterate what was outlined in the layer 2 (the data-link layer) discussion, Ethernet frames are switched from the entry port to the appropriate destination port based on the destination MAC address. Network switches build tables of which MAC addresses belong to each port, compare a frame's destination MAC address ...

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