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Bridges and Switches

Bridges and Switches

Bridges and Switches

(OP)
Whats the difference between a Bridge and a Switch?

Thanks


"r tape loading error"

RE: Bridges and Switches

a switch is a multiport bridge, just as a hub is a multiport repeater.  

A bridge with more than two ports would be advertized as a switch, the only reason one ever sees 2 port switches is to advertize the multispeed ability.

I tried to remain child-like, all I acheived was childish.

RE: Bridges and Switches

(OP)
Thanks Jimbo

Straight answer to a straight question - I had been getting a little confused over that one for quite some time, so where on a modern CAT5 cabled Ethernet network would you find a single port bridge?

Cheers

Graham


"r tape loading error"

RE: Bridges and Switches

(OP)
Thanks Jimbo

Straight answer to a straight question - I had been getting a little confused over that one for quite some time, so where on a modern CAT5 cabled Ethernet network would you find a single port bridge?

Cheers

Graham


"r tape loading error"

RE: Bridges and Switches

I use Wireless Bridges a lot to link two parts of my network that have no more robust connection.  I use two port switches (as I say, they are really bridges) to cope with older switches which do not auto-negotiate duplex correctly, and as repeaters where some helpful person has blessed me with a 850 foot Cat5 run.  

Back when I was hub based, I inherited a (broken) VAX that had a collision retry interval that was 10,000 times longer than the retry interval of my Suns, I used a bridge to minimize collisions it saw, as it took over a second for the VAX to try again, During tape backups at night the VAX would starve for packets.

I tried to remain child-like, all I acheived was childish.

RE: Bridges and Switches

(OP)
Did the bridge effectivly sheild the VAX from the collisions - sounds like the VAX could not get a word in edgeways!

Graham


"r tape loading error"

RE: Bridges and Switches

Yes isolating the VAX and its clients from the Suns doing backup via a bridge worked until I got modern VLANs and could subnet my network more finely than I had.

I tried to remain child-like, all I acheived was childish.

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