All About Linux: How LAN Switches Work

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for
this link. ]

“A couple of years back, the computers were connected to each
other by what is known as a bus network where all the computers
were connected using a single coaxial networking cable hooked to
each computer using a T connector. But this kind of arrangement
caused a lot of problems and a break in the cable, loose connectors
or a cable short was enough to bring down the entire network. And
troubleshooting these problems were a big headache because it was
difficult to pin-point the error. To circumvent this problem,
another network design was embraced which is the star network where
the computers are connected to each other via a common physical
device called a hub…”


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