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By kuznicki ·
If a company is running Netware, using IPX/SPX and some are running Windows 95/95/NT peer-to-peer using NetBIOS/NetBEUI protocols. The design department uses Macintosh computers networked with AppleTalk. Would you recommend TCP/IP protocol suite as the preferred standard for the consolidated, expanded, network they need to build over the next year or two? Can you suggest where I could look for information to back up this choice?

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by ckilday In reply to TCP/IP protocol suite

Yes! Yes! Yes! I can speak from experience. We used to do the same thing! We had some groups using each of the protocols you mentioned. It required support for all three protocols on the routers which added to the overhead processing and reducedperformance. Desktop support was also the pits because you never knew if it was a network problem, something related to the protocol, or a true PC problem. If I'm not mistaken, both Novell and Apple now support TCP/IP natively and you don't have to mess with "ethertalk" or tunneling anything.

If you standardize on TCP/IP, you should see performance improvements in your network as your routers don't have to process communications between 3 protocols and you can move towards a standardized ethernet packet size of 1400 bytes as opposed to IPX/SPX's 560 something. Your broadcast traffic will also decrease dramatically with the elimination of Netbios/Netbeui. Administration of the network will also be simpler since you're not having to deal with AT cable ranges or IPX/SPX addressing. You should be able to implement DHCP across your network and simplify IP addressing for all of your user devices.

I think I remember Cisco doing a comparison of network protocols, so they would be one source of information. Hope this helps. Best wishes,
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by uffe.sommerlund In reply to TCP/IP protocol suite

The answer is very good descriped and is total correct in the vision, had to descripe something too both of you. The Load overhead on the routers by running the 3 different protocols could be solved by doing proper subnetting and using Subinterfaceson the routers that will eliminate the broadcasts and make a better performance.

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Uffe

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