frame switch

frame switch

A network device that switches variable-length packets from sender to receiver. Ethernet, Token Ring and FDDI switches are examples. Contrast with cell switching. See LAN switch and frame switching.
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Overall can frame switch running for up to 4 years (including options to renew up to 2 times 24 months).
A backbone-level frame switch interconnects workgroup switches and provides a central attachment point for shared servers.
A high-availability router attached to the backbone frame switch moves traffic between virtual LANs.
Moreover, as ports are added to a frame switch, its overall throughput increases and network performance scales gracefully.
But unlike a conventional bridge, which transfers packets by way of shared memory or an internal bus, a frame switch is built around a high-speed switching fabric.
Replacing a shared-media hub with a frame switch divides the LAN into multiple segments and gives each segment full LAN bandwidth.
Few organizations require full LAN bandwidth to every desktop, so the most common place to install a frame switch is behind a shared-media hub.