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  1. b. The functionality of the Layer 2 switch in LANs is to use the MAC Address of various devices to determine which path the frames are to be sent through. In order to get the MAC Address, it uses ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) to send data packets to the ports it wants to receive MAC Address information from and the ports will respond back with a ARP message responding to the request with it’s MAC Address.

Diagram 1.a

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