How Did LANs Evolve to Multilayer Switching?

In the past, internetworking devices could easily be categorized as either bridges, routers, switches, or hubs. Recently multilayer switches have emerged with capabilities that cross these traditional boundaries with abilities to meet new customer needs. There is confusion in the marketplace, however, due to the variety of new multilayer switch products and inconsistent terminology used to describe them. Understanding how LAN architectures have evolved and how multilayer switches work helps clear up that confusion.

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