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Sams Teach Yourself Network Troubleshooting in 24 Hours, Second Edition by Jonathan Feldman

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Router Types

Vehicles are also built for one purpose: to get from point A to point B. Still, there are many varieties, from backhoes to Porsches. This is also true of routers: There are many different types of routers, with many different varieties of options and control methods.

There are two main types of routers: SOHO (Small Office/Home) and enterprise. SOHO routers typically serve anywhere from 1 to 10 users, whereas enterprise routers can be responsible for the traffic of thousands of users.

Enterprise routers are built on the assumption that they will be dealing with a lot of traffic—so they typically devote a lot of processing power to dealing with their main task, forwarding network data to the next router.

A SOHO router, on the other ...

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