Basic switch interface configuration is similar in many ways to router interface configuration, as defined previously in this chapter. However, switches offer Layer 2 functionalities that routers do not, including:
- Separating traffic using VLANs
- VTP technology
- Port mirroring
- MAC filtering
- Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Managed versus Unmanaged Switches
There are two types of switches that you can purchase: unmanaged and managed. Unmanaged switches have the following characteristics:
- Low cost
- All ports are placed in the same VLAN
- You cannot configure anything . . .
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