difference b/w layer 2 switch and layer 3 switch

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by praveen, Oct 22, 2003.

  1. praveen

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    hi folks,
    layer 2 switch basically deals with learning(SA) of the MAC
    address, and forwarding the frames depending on th DA, basically it
    deals with the MAC address.what i want to know is how is the layer 3
    switch differnt from layer 2 switch.

    thanks in advance
     
    praveen, Oct 22, 2003
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  2. praveen wrote:
    > hi folks,
    > layer 2 switch basically deals with learning(SA) of the MAC
    > address, and forwarding the frames depending on th DA, basically it
    > deals with the MAC address.what i want to know is how is the layer 3
    > switch differnt from layer 2 switch.


    You can consider a layer-3 switch a router with x ethernet ports (for
    example a Foundry Netiron L3 switch can have 24 fastethernet ports, each can
    have its own ip etc..)

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    Bjørn Djupvik, Oct 22, 2003
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