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Difference between Router and Brouter
  • Last Updated : 07 May, 2021

Both router and brouter are connecting devices in networking.

1. Router :
A router is a networking device that is designed to receive, analyze, and forward data packets between computer networks. A router is used to connect LAN (Local Area Network) and WAN (Wide Area Network).

2. Brouter :
A brouter is a networking device that functions both as a bridge and a router. It can forward data between networks (serving as a bridge), but can also route data to individual systems within a network (serving as a router).

 

Difference between Router and Brouter :



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Router

Brouter

1

A router is a networking device that forwards data packets between computer network.Brouter is a networking device which is used both as a bridge and as a router,It is combination of network bridge and a router. 

2

It operates at Network layer.It operates either at Data link layer or a Network layer.

3

Router stores routing table.Brouter stores routing table when it is configured as a router and stores MAC address when configured as a bridge.

4

It takes forwarding decisions based on IP address.Forwarding decision are taken based on IP address when it is configured as a router, or It takes forwarding decisions based on MAC address when configured as a bridge.

5

Router transmits data in the form of packets.   Brouter transmits data in the form of packets when it is configured as a router and It transmits data in the form of frames when configured as a bridge.   

6

Router works on more than one broadcast domain.   Brouter works on more than one broadcast domain when it is configured as a router and It works on single broadcast domain when configured as a bridge.    

7

Router is full duplex.Brouter is full duplex when it is configured as a router and it is half duplex when configured as a bridge.

 

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