Ron Natalie (email@example.com)
Wed, 19 Aug 87 14:16:16 EDT
It's best to have the node closer to the computer that it serves.
The lines are cheaper to run (just plain ol' telephone wire) to
the node than it is to extend the cables between the hosts and the
node. Since the trunks are already on modems, rerouting the wire
is not a big effort. Extending the cables to the hosts would require
running larger cables for short distances or the purchase of modems
(for X.25 and HDH) or ECU's and Modems (for LH/DH) that would not
ordinarily be necessary.
The idea of a distributed packet switch network is to put the switches
near the end points not to centrally locate them.
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