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autopilot
2005-12-27, 04:30
I'm a bit of a wireless noob. So i was wondering if people could explain what the difference between routers, bridges, switches and access points are?

slimpy
2005-12-27, 04:46
see here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Router
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_bridge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_switch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Access_point
and here
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/index.cfm?a=wiki&tag=DSL_modemS03_01

-s.

MrC
2005-12-27, 21:55
I'm a bit of a wireless noob. So i was wondering if people could explain what the difference between routers, bridges, switches and access points are?

In a simplistic nut shell:

Routers: switch packets among networks based upon IP addresses
Switches: switch packets on the same network based on Ethernet addresses
Bridges: Connect two different types of networks
Access Points: Wireless unit that provides an infrastructure for wireless cards to access the attached wired network.

Michaelwagner
2005-12-27, 22:07
They aren't as popular as they once were, but you should probably add to the list:

Hubs - amplify and rebroadcast all packets they receive down every wire they're attached to.

This is different than switches and routers, which actually try to determine down which wire the destination lies, and only send the packet down the one "right" wire.