network processors

Access this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings and select a peer-reviewed article on basic network topologies.  You may supplement with material from other sources, but you must have at least one peer-reviewed article.  Remember to cite your sources.
 
Write a 200 word response to the following questions:
 
Select one of the types of network processors such as hubs, switches, routers, and gateways?
 

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of your selection?
  • What type of media is typically used for connectivity?
  • What are the performance specs in terms of reliability, speed capabilities, and nominal distance for reliable spans with the typical media?
  • Provide an example of how the selected network processor is used in the network.