Network documentation confusion

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Jun 25th, 2008
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This is going to sound like a bit of a beginner question, but hey filling in the gaps in one's knowledge is what it's all about right?

Whenever you see network documentation and they draw an ethernet segment they say that this can be an ethernet segment or a switch. What are they using for the ethernet segment? I've got a drawing here in front of me with switch 1 having to connections into the ethernet segment and switch 2 having just one connection - how would you do this if you weren't going to use another switch? I don't think that this is physically possible - are they talking about a logical connection across a VLAN? Any clarification (if you actually understand the question :)) would be helpful.

I've got these images in my head of some kind of freaky legacy cabling that has split connections that transitions a single fibre into multiple ports, splitting the transmissions...

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