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DEFINITION: Also see repeater, hub, bridge, gateway, and router.In a telecommunications network, a switch is a device that channels incoming data from any of multiple input ports to the specific output port that will take the data toward its intended destination. In the traditional circuit-switched telephone network, one or more switches are used to set up a dedicated though temporary connection or circuit for  … 
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Building a Small Office Network: Getting Started
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Building a small office network means starting with a foundation of switches and routers. The following guide will help you understand the difference between switches and routers and develop a clear vision for what your network foundation needs.
Posted: 10 Oct 2008 | Published: 10 Oct 2008

Cisco Systems, Inc.

HP BladeSystem c-Class SAN Connectivity Technology Brief
sponsored by PC Connection and HP
WHITE PAPER: This paper describes the hardware and software required to connect HP BladeSystem c--Class server blades to Storage Area Networks1 (SANs) using Fibre Channel (FC) interconnect technology.
Posted: 15 Apr 2008 | Published: 01 Jun 2007

PC Connection and HP

Troubleshooting Switched Environments
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: A basic problem in troubleshooting switches is an inability to "see" inside. The white paper, Troubleshooting Switched Environments, describes five fundamental approaches to gain visibility into a switch.
Posted: 21 Aug 2006 | Published: 01 Apr 2004

Fluke Networks
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SWITCHES DEFINITION (continued): …  an exchange between two or more parties. On an Ethernet local area network (LAN), a switch determines from the physical device (Media Access Control or MAC) address in each incoming message frame which output port to forward it to and out of. In a wide area packet-switched network such as the Internet, a switch determines from the IP address in each packet which output port to use for the next part of its trip to the intended destination. In the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) communications model, a switch performs the Layer 2 or Data-link layer function. That is, it simply looks at each … 
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