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What are the two functions of a router?

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N. Reyes

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Answered Oct 15, 2020

A router is an extra network infrastructure device that oversees packets through the network based on the Network Layer of OSI model. A router utilizes a combination of hardware and software to route information from its foundation to its destination. A router can be arranged to route data packets from different network protocols.

Their most important purpose is to spread the Wi-Fi signals on other kinds of information from one network to another. It links the two systems together, as both are managed by various organizations to exchange information. It can also allow networks to connect that would otherwise have nothing to do with each other.

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L. Agate

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Answered Sep 25, 2020

There are a lot of people who are aware that a router is something that can be used in order to connect to the internet. Given the different choices that are available, the main function of a router is to provide better internet connectivity.

A router will be in charge of sending packets of data to the rightful destination. This means that it would act as an intersection of the different IP networks.

If you want to have WiFi in one place, you need to have a router available. Without a router, you need to have a cable all the time that will connect your device to the internet provider.

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Answered Sep 23, 2020

A router allows you to connect, and it acts as an intersection between multiple IP networks. It combines two networks, and they are both regulated by different organizations to exchange information. They create a system as they pass data from one place to another.

It can also permit networks that would otherwise not communicate with each other. It also safeguards the networks from one another by preventing traffic on one from unnecessarily interfering with another. A router can take an ethernet frame, strip the data off, and then drop the IP data into a frame of another type.

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Answered Sep 18, 2020

There are a lot of people who know that the main purpose of a router is to make sure that there are different networks and packets that are connected together. Another function of a router that some people may not know about is that it will find the best path where the packets should be sent.

You should realize that there are different types of routers that are available right now. The wired router is considered to be one of the most common types of routers. This can be connected directly to the computer. The wireless router will allow you to connect to a modem even without a cable.

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H. Martin

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Answered Sep 16, 2020

A router is a networking device that forwards data packets between computer networks. The two main functions of a router are it connects multiple IP networks and determines the best path to send packets. A router accepts a package.

When data comes in on one line, the router determines the destination of the data by reading the network address information. It then uses the information in its routing table to direct the packet to the next network on its journey.

The router has two network element components, which are the control plane and forwarding plane. The control plane chooses which routing table should be used to forward a data packet and through which physical interface connection. The forwarding plane forwards data packet between incoming and outgoing interface connections.

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Cesar H. Pablo

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Answered Jul 23, 2020

There are two correct answers to this question, which are A, It forwards data packets toward their destination, and E, It acts as an intersection between multiple IP networks. If a person wants to have Wi-Fi in their home, it is required for them to have a router. An internet router is what connects a device to the network wirelessly.

These devices could be items such as phones, printers, tablets, laptops, televisions, and gaming systems. Routers are also what make businesses function. A business would need a router to connect their employees to the network so that they are able to work.

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F. Daniel

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Answered Jul 23, 2020

There are some people who are a bit unsure of what the router actually does. The function of the router can be different depending on how you would use them. The first function of the router is to make sure that the data packets will be forwarded towards the needed destination.

The second function of the router is to make sure that there are multiple IP networks that will be working properly. Take note that the needed IP address will specifically depend on the information that will be available. If the IP address is not clear, it will be harder for the router to function properly.

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B. Mary

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Answered Mar 12, 2020

The answers to this question are A and E. It is responsible for sending the data packets so that they will reach their destination. At the same time, it is also in charge of being an intersection between the different IP networks. You do know that most people are interested in learning more about this because they want to know how their router works.

It is through the help of routers that people will be able to connect their various gadgets together. There are some people who use wireless routers so that wireless connections can be made easily. If you do not have a wireless router, wired routers can be very effective, too, especially in connecting different items together.

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C. Perez

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Answered Aug 01, 2019

The correct answers to this question are A, It forwards data packets toward their destination, and E, It acts as an intersection between multiple IP networks. Almost all homes have a router. They are important to a home and business who require Wi-Fi.

Routers help connect telephone lines, computers, and printers together. Other devices they can connect are mobile phones, tablets, and gaming systems. There are two types of routers. Wireless routers can connect wirelessly to devices that support wireless connections. The second is a wired router, which connects through wires to the devices ports. All routers are different and can vary in speed and performance.

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J. Harty

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Answered Dec 14, 2018

The answers are both A and E. The two functions of a router are forwarding data packets toward their destination and acting as an intersection between multiple IP networks. You may be asked this or a similar type of question during the CCNA or CISCO professional certification exam.

A router is a commonly used computer device which allows information to be sent from one computer to the other. Computers can not access the internet or do much of anything without a router. Although a fairly simple device, it is crucial to know the functions and properties if you are trying to become certified.

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John Smith

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Answered Jan 17, 2017

It forwards data packets toward their destination.
It acts as an intersection between multiple IP networks.
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