Active Components
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?

o   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.
o   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.