There are many types of networking devices.

Networking can’t function without the physical and virtual components of network infrastructure.

The design of a network is influenced by elements like size, topology of the network work load, workloads, and business requirements, among others. A network for business could, for instance, require hundreds, or even thousands of network devices to build and maintain its data centre as well as LAN and the WAN. A simple home network is, however could only have two components.

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A bridge joins the partitioned network elements and handles the flow of traffic between them. A transparent bridge connects two LANs that use the same protocol while a translation bridge joins networks using different protocols.

Bridges are not often used in network systems for business and are generally replaced by switches.

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Devices usually connect to switch’s ports using the Ethernet wire. The switch keeps its MAC addresses of these gadgets in an address database that it uses as a reference when it transfers frames. A router sends files to an IP address, or to a network however, a switch transmits data directly to a specific target port.

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