Switching is practically invisible (and occurs at layer 2 of the OSI model) and generally not an issue unless you want to create a VLAN, or alter the flow of data traffic for some reason. But hey, we gotta cover it because its a part of networking, and the switch has greatly improved networking speeds. Also, because there really isnt much to switching (there shouldnt be for an IT professional) we squeeze in protocols this week!
search for some major switch manufacturers and find the differences between models. Select several models depending on where they go in your project.
o Hint – You dont want to pay for a 24-port Gigabit switch if a room only has two computers that are used for browsing purposes! Similarly, you dont want to put a 4-port switch in a room that is expected to be turned into a computer lab. Include some expandability into the project, but be realistic.
For your task, submit a list of protocols that would be running on your project network, and if you decided to change the ports, please specify.
Name the switch in your project layout as the one you found if it not available in Packet Tracer.