(IT) Router vs. Hybrid Devices
Router vs. Hybrid Devices
Forwards packets between networks. Requires a link between at least two networks (WANs / LANs or LAN and an ISP)
More expensive than a hub, bridge or switch.
Routing updates can consume network bandwidth.
Latency may be increased due to larger amounts of packet filtering.
Can connect various architectures (Ethernet, Token Ring)
Capable of choosing best path for data to travel
Limits collision domains, reducing network traffic
Can include internet access, wireless and wired LANs. Fixed number of ethernet ports for wired devices. Also broadcasts a wi-fi signal.
Hub can be expensive.
Infrastructure (cabling) is expensive.
Difficult architecture design. Must meet a specific layout to become efficient.
Scalable. More ports can be added without disruption of a network.
Effective. Can be adapted to any sort of network or topology.
Reliable. Troubleshooting is easy.