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RE: Extreme BlackDiamond

  • From: Mikael Abrahamsson
  • Date: Mon Oct 13 17:29:40 2003

On Mon, 13 Oct 2003 sthaug@nethelp.no wrote:

> I don't understand how you can differentiate between a router and an L3
> switch. In my view "L3 switch" is a marketing term. All high end boxes
> do hardware based IP forwarding, whether their ancestry is from the L2
> or the L3 side.

To me something that uses hardware assist, setup by the cpu per 
destination, is an L3 Switch. Something that does equal route lookups per 
packet all the time is a router.

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Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike@swm.pp.se