What is router?

  • (noun): A worker who routes shipments for distribution and delivery.
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Some articles on router, routers:

P Router
... In Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), a P Router or Provider Router is a Label Switch Router (LSR) that functions as a transit router of the core network ... The P Router typically connected to one or more PE Routers ...
Software Router - Historical and Technical Information
... The very first device that had fundamentally the same functionality as a router does today, was the Interface Message Processor (IMP) IMPs were the devices that made up the ARPANET, the first packet network ... The idea for a router (called "gateways" at the time) initially came about through an international group of computer networking researchers called the International Network Working Group (INWG) ... Some time after early 1974 the first Xerox routers became operational ...
Software Router - Forwarding
... For pure Internet Protocol (IP) forwarding function, a router is designed to minimize the state information associated with individual packets ... The main purpose of a router is to connect multiple networks and forward packets destined either for its own networks or other networks ... A router is considered a Layer 3 device because its primary forwarding decision is based on the information in the Layer 3 IP packet, specifically the destination IP address ...
Software Router
... A router is a device that forwards data packets between computer networks, creating an overlay internetwork ... A router is connected to two or more data lines from different networks ... When a data packet comes in one of the lines, the router reads the address information in the packet to determine its ultimate destination ...
Software Router - Applications
... When multiple routers are used in interconnected networks, the routers exchange information about destination addresses using a dynamic routing protocol ... Each router builds up a table listing the preferred routes between any two systems on the interconnected networks ... A router has interfaces for different physical types of network connections, (such as copper cables, fiber optic, or wireless transmission) ...

More definitions of "router":

  • (noun): A power tool with a shaped cutter; used in carpentry for cutting grooves.
  • (noun): (computer science) a device that forwards data packets between computer networks.