Focusing on ATM-based LANs, including LAM emulation, this survey examines many LAN developments at the technical level. It presents recent technologies, how they work and why they may (or may not) represent cost-effective solutions for an enterprise. The book covers the pros and cons of LAN switching, virtual LANs, 100 Mbps LANs, routing, ATM LAN emulation, IP/multiple protocols over ATM, and more.
Introduction -- The Brave New World of LAN Technology. Phase 1 -- Bridging. Phase 2 -- Routing. Phase 3 -- The Quest for Higher Speeds and New Applications. ATM -- An Introductory Overview. The ATM Apparatus to Support Legacy/Emulated LANs. LAN Emulation Concepts and Standards. Carrying (LAN-based) Traffic over ATM without LANE. Multiprotocol over ATM (MPOA). Wide Area Networking with ATM -- More Options for LAN Interconnection. Other LAN Technologies -- 100 Mbps Switched Ethernet, Switched Token Ring, et al. The Ultimate Goal -- ATM-to-Desktop.