Aak777 From Qatar, joined Apr 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2125 times:
I have a network at home but i need to know the name "technical name of course" of this device which i named " DEVICE B " in the drawing.
Where "DEVICE A" is an ADSL modem and also a wireless+Ethernet but "DEVICE B" should not have a modem, but only wireless and Ethernet
so is it a bridge or a switch or router .... etc
i really don't know the difference between these.
i hope my drawing is clear enough
Phoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2122 times:
Your device B is likely to be a router (Wifi and ethernet) that may have been bridged with device A. But since you have a direct wire connection from A to B....seems like A and B are not bridged and your B is just acting as a standalone router.
A switch usually has plenty of ethernet connections (usually 5 or more) and usually does not have WiFi.
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NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3174 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
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Device B looks like a standard wireless access point or a wifi enabled router... could be either... Device A is probably a wifi enabled router w/DSL modem though so my guess is B is a simpler Wireless Access point... or at least functioning as one.
Alright thats probably too confusing...
So here's the simple question to clear all this up, why do you need to know?
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Goldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6170 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2111 times:
By definition, it is a bridge. It need not be a router, as there are devices dedicated to bridge duty. In fact, I was lucky to get one for $40 brand new that is no longer made. New dedicated bridges go for $90+ now.
Here's a listing of what bridges Tigerdirect has available (for reference
TLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
I assume this is all set up & working properly? I would say that A is a router and B is a hub/switch (I'm not entirely sure of the functional difference). Device B, even if it is a router, would not be functioning as one, which means that Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is not enabled.
Aak777 From Qatar, joined Apr 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2032 times:
i want to buy a new device but i dont want to pay for something i will not use "modem".
also when i asked one sales man it seems that i know better than him, i know because he tells me one model has no modem and i know for a fact that it has, so i just say ok and leave him.
Signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2014 times:
Does device B need to be WIFI enabled? IE. is the wall really going to block the WIFI signal from device A? If that is the case, device B could be a simple ethernet switch, similar to the one I bought recently: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/35437
Interestingly, according to this article, bridges now really a switch with bridging capabilities. So, anything that connects to a modern bridge is now on the same network, with collision avoidance, and packet forwarding.
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