Difference between Layer 3 switch and a router

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Hi Guys,

I am getting concerned because I feel like a lot of sales representatives are persuading me to upgrade my infrastructure. I would just like to know the difference between a Layer 3 switch and a router.

Will appreciate your clarity and immediate response.

Thanks

Paul

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Answered By 0 points N/A #110949

Difference between Layer 3 switch and a router

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layer 3 switch

you can configure the port of the layer 3 switch

layer 3 switch multi cast the packets and you can create the
Vlan on layer 3 switch
layer 3 switch very costly and fast then other switches.
 
Router
 
router used for communication or (connecting) two different 
networks.
router do routing and switch don't have this facility
router very costly as compared to switch its more costly
router used protocols 
RIP, EIGRP, IGRP, OSPF,
 
AS COMPARED THESE TWO ARE COSTLY
BUT THE WORK OF THESE TWO DEVICE ARE DIFFERENT
Answered By 565880 points N/A #110950

Difference between Layer 3 switch and a router

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Layer 3 switch routing is a device that do routing only. In switching router, the primary router is the one uses switching technology. This perform fast speed and support Layer 2 bridging functions.

The difference between the 2 is that switching router has capabilities in terminating multiple Layer-3 in different protocol type such as running on Dynamic, Terminating Serial Ports and non-IP protocols such as IPX and SNA.

This creates shortcut paths through the network in the middle, by passing it's traditional based software router. Compare to traditional router, It utilize general purpose of the computers using both control plane and data plane functions.

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