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Cisco Accessories

There are several Cisco accessories available in the market among which Cisco Switch and Cisco Router are the fundamental building blocks of any network infrastructure.

Switch and Routers in a Nut Shell

Switches are used to connect different I/O devices to form a network and routers are used to link these networks or switches together.

Cisco Switch - Explained

Cisco Switches are used to connect multiple I/O devices such as printers, computers, and servers together within a unified network and help in sharing resources such as data and files. Apart from this, Cisco Switch is mainly used in Local Area Network -LAN. The devices connected over a LAN via switch can share information regardless of where they are located such as campus, department, or a building. This medium of information distribution and sharing is only made possible with Cisco switches that connect these devices together.

Cisco Router - Explained

Cisco Routers are used to integrate multiple networks together by allowing you to connect your networked PCs and devices to the Internet and share network connectivity among different users. Thus, A router serves as a dispatcher, opt for the best route for your information to transit between source and destination so that you can share the information instantly.

Cisco Routers evaluate the data being sent over a network, manipulate how it is packaged, and send it to another network. By doing so, allows you to connect your business to the outside world, secure your valuable information from potential threats, and can even decide which network node or a device get priority over others.

Difference between Cisco Router and Cisco Switch

 

Cisco Router

Cisco Switch

The primary function of the Cisco router is to connect different networks.

The primary function of the Cisco switch is to connect different devices.

Cisco router works in the network layer.

Cisco switch works in the data link layer.

It is used by both MAN and LAN.

It is used by LAN.

The data from the Cisco router is sent in the form of a packet.

The data from the Cisco switch is sent in the form of a packet as well as a frame.

Supports NAT.

Doesn’t support NAT

 

With different functions and locations on the network layer, these two Cisco accessories together contribute as network infrastructure.

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