Bridge vs router

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what are key differences between a bridge & router? I know that a bridge connect between WAN network and a router connect PC within a network. What else should I know?
ASKED: November 17, 2008  1:52 PM
UPDATED: November 17, 2008  2:16 PM

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Bridging and Routing are both ways of performing data control, but work through different methods. Bridging takes place at OSI Model Layer 2 (Data-Link Layer) while Routing takes place at the OSI Model Layer 3 (Network Layer). This difference means that a bridge directs frames according to hardware assigned MAC addresses while a router makes its decisions according to arbitrarily assigned IP Addresses. As a result of this, bridges are not concerned with and are unable to distinguish networks while routers can.

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A bridge works at layer 2 of the OSI model. A router works at layer 3. You will typically see a bridging router (brouter) in use most of the time.

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