CIS246 Networking Hardware and Topologies

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CIS246 Networking Hardware and Topologies
Let’s figure out what kind of networking equipment an organization would need to…

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CIS246 Networking Hardware and Topologies

CIS246 Networking Hardware and Topologies

Course Discussions Week 2 All Students Posts – 23 Pages 

Let’s figure out what kind of networking equipment an organization would need to buy. You can make assumptions on size and budget. What do we need to purchase? Why do we need to purchase it? That is, what will it do for us? How do we hook them together? That is, how do we cable them (or not cable them) together? Why is there such a big difference in price with the brands? How do network topologies figure into our selections and designs? Hubs were used frequently in the 1980s. Why don’t we incorporate hubs into our networks as much anymore? Can you name some additional network devices or cabling that have become obsolete? Why is that the case?
I believe that the reason hubs have become obsolete is because the switch box does more or less the same thing, but is actually faster at doing it. This is because with a hub, every device connected will always be communicating to every other device connected simultaneously. This creates a lot of unneeded traffic that slows down the overall process of data. The switch box, on the other hand, sends data directly between the devices that are involved with the exchange. This switch box is superior in speed and by relation it is also superior in security/privacy. As for obsolete cabling, the very first thing that comes to mind is the phone line. The telephone poles, as we still call them, seem to have just about everything BUT telephone lines on them now days. I believe this is because companies such as Verizon have actually integrated the internet, cable, and phone transmissions all into the same line. It’s not until these lines enter the individual house that they are divided into their respective functions…