Or would it include virtual circuits, circuit-switched networks (common in telephony) etc.

For example would this be a place to discuss dedicated carrier protocols vs TDMA over Ethernet vs ATM?

Proposal: Network Engineering

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I don't think there's any need to restrict the topics arbitrarily like that, as long as its related to Network Engineering. Most of us have to deal with not only ethernet, but ATM, Frame Relay, PON, etc. It all deals with moving data from one point to another. As long as its a technology that Network Engineers deal with daily for the sake of moving data (sans telephony/VOIP, since that may be better for suited for a different community), I think it should be fair game. This definitely includes circuit-switched technologies.

The Telecommunications proposal seems a little broad, but from how I read it, it mostly covers Telco-level technologies. By its very nature, it will cover a lot of the same technologies, since the Internet was built on top of the back of Telcos.

  • Agreed - the integration of data transfer into the (cellular) telephony backbone has blurred the line between our traditional views of these systems. At the same time it is not all that surprising considering telephony is the progenitor of the modern data network. Ultimately, if it falls within the scope of needing to solve a problem related to the routing of data, it would belong here. Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 19:15
  • I agree that any type of computer/network/mobile/(some future technology) networking is on-topic. Probably the higher-end stuff (not so much "how do I connect my Wi-Fi printer to my PC?" but dealing with firewalls, NAT, IPv4 to v6. If the Telecommunications proposal launches, too, then it might be desirable to establish some fences (or small hedges) between the two, but for now all those mentioned sound good to me.
    – Willscrlt
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 11:08

There's a Telecommunications proposal in the works too, and I think it'd be best to avoid any overlap with that. I think the focus of this site should be geared toward data networking.

  • So where do we put TDMA over Ethernet, ATM, and MPLS? Here or in Telecommunications? Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 14:46
  • ATM and MPLS are data networking technologies as well. TDMA over Ethernet, meh.
    – ItsGC
    Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 14:52

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