Difference between a layer 2 and layer 3 network switch

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What is the difference between a layer 2 and layer 3 network switch? What instance would I need each for? We are a Windows 7 shop.

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  • pkpatel1151
    Additionally, Layer-3 switch provides routing protocol functionality and make decision based on dynamic routing.
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  • TeachMeIT
    [...] 4. Can you help out a user trying to figure out the difference between a layer 2 and layer 3 network switch? [...]
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  • saturno
    Let me add something: a layer 3 switch is basically a router with very much ports. It is VERY expensive. DOn't get me wrong but if you don't know the difference from a layer 2 and layer 3 switch, you don't need one layer 3 switch. Regards,
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  • saturno
    Let me add something: a layer 3 switch is basically a router with many ports and It is VERY expensive! Don't get me wrong but if you don't know the difference between a layer 2 and layer 3 switch, you don't need one layer 3 switch. Regards,
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