This article gives an overview of the most popular
active components in an IP Network – The Network Switches and Routers. This
article discusses why they are exciting in a network, what is their use, how
and where they are deployed and an outline of the features supported by them.
Why are network switches and Routers exciting?
A network switch connects
the various devices within a LAN network so that they could communicate between
each other and share the network resources between them.
A router on the other hand,
connects disparate networks so that devices from one network can share data and
information with the devices from another network. For example, router connects
the devices from a LAN network within an organization to a WAN network (eg.
Internet) outside the organization.