The Encapsulated Data Flow Process

Lighting Truss Guy Wire

This section discusses the stages of data flow through a network that interconnects remote end systems and segments using Cisco routers and switches. This discussion includes the topic of encapsulation and decapsulation (or de-encapsulation), along with the different forwarding filtering performed by routers and switches. Figure 3-1 shows end system Host A and end system Host B communicating on a network. The encapsulated data flow process has four stages. In Figure 3-1, Stages 1 through 4...