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    Network Terminology
    Brett Lee
    Terminology (incomplete, incorrect, really a draft...)
    Relay - any network connector
    Level 1 - Physical Layer
    Repeater - simply repeats bits - can connect thick/thin coax
    Amplifier - amplifies the signal (and probably the noise) works on coax and UTP
    Level 2 - Data Link Layer
    Bridge - connects different protocols/ devices - uses hardware and software
    - reads ethernet and token ring frames, forwards to the appropriate port when required
    - can be simple (NIC card) or more elaborate (converting MAC frames)
    - primarily used to segment network or to provide high speed WAN link
    Level 3 - Network Layer
    Router - connect same protocols (as long as they have a network level protocol)
    - used to create a firewall (no broadcast traffic) to protect sensitive areas
    - can be a multiprotocol router (2 routers - no protocol conversion)
    - can be a B/Router - sometimes bridging, sometimes routing, depending upon subnet
    Gateway - generic term - one type is a protocol converter (transport / network layers)
    Hub - device that centralize connections (ethernet hub or token ring hub)
    Switching Hub - either port switching (VLAN) or segment switching
    X.25 - Layer 3 Switching
    NOT Connection Oriented
    Network = PLP (Virtual Circuits)
    Data Link = LAPB (Framing and Error Detection)
    Physical = X.21 (DTE/DCE Interface)
    ISDN - Basic = 2B+D, Primary = D plus some number of B.s
    	NOT Connection Oriented
    Network = PLP
    Data Link = LAPD & LAPB
    Physical = I.430 & 431
    NOT Connection Oriented
    B-ISDN - Broadband
      Connection Oriented
    Does not run on X.25
    Uses Cell Relay / ATM Cell
    ATM Layers
    1. 	Physical Layer
    a. 	PM - Physical Medium - sends cells over any medium
    b. 	TC - Transmission Convergence - cells <==> bits
    2. 	ATM Layer
    a. 	VC Level - Virtual Channel
    b. 	VP Level - Virtual Path
    3. 	ATM Adaptation Layers - provides services to the higher layers
    Frame Relay 
    	Connection Oriented
    	Must access using a FRAD
    	Frames are created and broken at every hop
    	Uses Asynchronus Trahsport Mechanisms
    	Errors only detected - if exist are discarded
    	Smaller LLC than LAPD - is a subset of
    	Faster than X.25 - layer 2 only
    	FRAD to UNI to NNI
    	Services offer CCI Rate but may burst above
    	No sequencing, acknowledgement, information, or error correction
    Cell Relay - ATM
    	Connection Oriented
    	Synchronus transfer of cells
    	Asynchronus transfer of bits / data
    	53 byte cell, contains 48 bytes of data
    	No multiplexing, just loading and unloading of bits
    MAN 802.6, DQDB, SMDS
    	Connectionless Protocol
    	Level 2 device
    	DQDB - FDDI w. reserved status - dual bus
    	- meant to replace FDDI on Sonet
    	- sends data when cell is empty and not reserved
    	- uses slots - ATM cells with a different header
    	- uses LLC layer interface
    	SMDS - uses cell-relay, but is technically a frame switch
    		- this is because it uses LLC

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