Friday, January 16, 2009

Combining Switches and Hubs

From the last post it is clear that switching provides higher aggregate data rates in comparison to a hub,but the main drawback that occurred with the switched networks is the higher cost in comparison to hub.To overcome all these problems network administrator choose a compromise between the hub and the switched networks that means instead of connecting one computer to each port on a switch,the administrator connects the hub to each of the port of the switch and then connect each computer to one of the hubs.This result is very much closer to the conventional bridged LAN where each hub appears to be a single LAN segment, and the switch makes it appear that bridges connect all segments.The system also performs like a conventional bridged LAN where a computer must share a bandwidth with other computers connected to the same hub,communication can occur in parallel between a pair of computers attached to one hub and a pair of computers attached to another.

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