I was reading over a power point presentation and found the 5-4-3-2-1 rule:
The 5-4-3-2-1 rule requires that the following guidelines should not be exceeded:
Five segments of network media
Four repeaters or hubs
Three host segments of the network
Two link sections with no hosts
One large collision domain
What I was curious about is if managed switches would be part of that rule? I'm working with a few other engineers on designing a new Ethernet/IP control network and I haven't been able to find much information. Each port of the switch will have a multicasting device sending out information in timed intervals. We're doing a ring topology using STP. Thanks in advance for any help.