A router is a layer device, which means it makes forwarding decisions based on logical network address (for example, IP address) information. Although a router is considered to be a layer 3 device, like a multilayer switch, it has the capability to consider higher-layer parameters, such as quality of service (QoS) settings, in making forwarding decisions.
Figure 9-15 Router Broadcast and Collision Domains
As shown in Figure 9-15, each port on a router is a separate collision domain and a separate broadcast domain. At this point in the discussion, routers are beginning to sound much like multilayer switches. So, why would network designers select a router rather than a multilayer switch in their design?
One reason a router is preferable to a multilayer switch in some cases is that routers are usually more feature rich and support a broader range of interface types. For example, if you need to connect a layer 3 device out to your Internet service provider (ISP) using a serial port, you will be more likely to find a serial port expansion module for your router than for your multilayer switch.
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