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  • Based on your study this week, what routing and switching protocols would you choose for your small office/home office (SOHO) network?
  • What if you had to work in a small company? Explain your thought processes.
  • What transmission medium would you use in a larger company that had multiple campuses?

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What routing and switching protocols would you choose for your small office/home office (SOHO) network?

I would choose Routing Information Protocol (RIP) for a small office or a home office (SOHO) network. RIP is a distance vector routing protocol that uses hop count to determine network distance (Brush, 1). RIP has up to 15 hop count which is suitable for SOHO network. RIP is used to find the best route from source to destination over a network. RIP is suitable for small office/home office and is easy to configure. It is widely used since it has been around for a long time (Davis, 2).

What about a small company?

Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) is suitable for a small company network. OSPF has been replacing RIP because OSPF has more efficient system because it has larger scale of network (Brush, 1). OSPF is one of the most popular IGP (interior gateway protocol) today that performs routing in a single autonomous system (Citu, 3). OSPF is suitable for any network because it is flexible, and popular. A small company can choose OSPF if the requirement of the network meets all the criteria (Davis, 2).

What transmission medium would you use in a larger company that had multiple campuses?

Transmission medium is a psychical path between the source and the receiver. A data is sent through transmission medium from the one place to the other. There are a few major types of transmission media under Guided Media (Twisted Pair Cable, Coaxial Cable, Optical Fiber Cable, Stripline and Microstripline). I would suggest Optical Fiber Cable for a larger company that has multiple campuses. Optical Fiber Cable has capacity to transmit large volumes of data (02DCE, 4).

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