Subject: Re: bridges,switch
To: fdf.unix <>
From: Michael Graff <>
List: tech-net
Date: 04/19/1999 09:49:25
"fdf.unix" <> writes:

> What's the exact difference between a bridge and a switch ,and can a =
> NetBSD-box be configured in order to act as one of the above?

A bridge is usually a passive network component, that is, if there are
N ethernet ports, all N see the same thing.

A switch is usually a filter, and will learn where devices are so
ports don't get data that doesn't make sense for them to get.

As for netbsd working as either, I think there is a package that runs
in user space that will do this, using the bpf filter, but I have not
tried it.