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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN L3 SWITCHES AND ROUTERS

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                   ROUTER                               L3 SWITCHES
NO.
1.    Software based routing                   Hardware & software base. Preferably
                                               used for hardware base routing.
2.    It is used at edges of autonomous         It is used inside i.e. intermediate of
      system or network.                       autonomous system or network.
3.    It is cheaper.                           It is costly.
4.    It can be upgraded easily to support     At software level it can be upgraded but
      new protocols.                           at hardware level it is conditional since
                                               it dependent on vendor whose L3
                                               switches.
5.     As it performs routing on software      As it performs routing on hardware base
      base it is preferably used where very    it is preferably used at where there is
      low or medium data rate is               heavy data flow occurs.
      requirement i.e. where there is no
      continuous heavy data flow.
6.    E.g. service provider edge router,       E.g. data center, enterprise/
      enterprise / organization edge router.   organization intermediate router.

				
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Description: Compare between L3 switches and Routers.