Layer 2 Domains Paper

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Layer 2 Domains Paper Layer 2 Domains Paper We have chosen an extended star topology connection using a router to designate the VLANS and two 24 port switches to provide the most cost effective setup for this small office network. Being the very small nature of the setup we are using a class C network of that we will designate the first 20 IP addresses of each VLAN as static to support any servers we might install as well as printers we may install in the future. The other 106 host will be set to DHCP for the computers and allows additional computers in the future. The rest of this paper will discuss why we have made these choices. First we will talk about why we have used a C class network. Second we…show more content…
We are using 2 Catalyst 2960-Plus 48TC-S Switches for future growth and scalability. Next we will go over the type of topology that we used and why. Using a star topology has its share of positive and negative attributes. The star topology is the easiest topology to setup and to maintain. This alone means setup costs are significantly lower than other topologies. The star topology can also be the easiest to troubleshoot. When an issue occurs the problem can be traced back to the central connecting device, in this specific case a router. Any issue with a device connected to the central point does not affect the other connected devices. When a new device is connected to the network, it does not affect the staus of the network. The biggest disadvantage of a star topology is the central connecting point, in this case the router. If the router goes down it affects all of the connected devices. The size of the network is directly affected by the capacity of the central connecting device. The efficiency of the network is also directly affected by the central connecting device. If one device on the network is using a large
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