Collisions on an Ethernet Network

Due to the way Ethernet was developed it is inherently prone to collisions. These collisions occur when two or more hosts try to transmit data at the same time. Serious problems can occur if too many users are attached to the same network segment. This is due to conflicts when more than one user sends data at the same time causing a collision. The area within the network where the data packets collide is known as the collision domain.

When a collision occurs, the data packets involved in the collision are destroyed. There are several ways you can reduce the size of collision domains and therefore reduce the number of collisions within your network. Segmentation is one method and microsegmentation is another.

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