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Basic Data Transmission in Networks: MAC Tables and ARP Tables

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Bombarded with jargon, no wonder networking beginners get lost. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, explains some crucial terminology for anyone who needs to understand complex networking.
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A number of different information types, terms, and names for data are thrown at all new networking students. Two of these information sources are vital to basic networking: Media Access Control (MAC) tables and Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) tables. Without at least a basic understanding of how these tables are used, it is hard to comprehend how information passes through a network. This article takes a look at each of these information sources, how they are used in the transmission of network traffic, and how they work together to move data from point A to point B.

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