Pure Theory: The basic difference between Route and Hub


Thursday, July 22, 2010

The basic difference between Route and Hub

Copyright@July 2010 By antonio081014.

These days, I was working on a network security of Cloud Computing, so those used to confuse me a lot are finally configured out. One of them is the difference between route and hub.

A computer, which is just a node in the network, connected to the Local Area Network(LAN). It has two addresses to identify the its identification. One is Media Access Control(MAC) address, which uniquely identifies each node in the network, and is stored on the network interface card(NIC) itself. Each NIC has a unique MAC address. It is the MAC address which are used by the Ethernet protocol while creating frames to transfer data from and to a computer, physically. The other address is the famous IP address, which is generated in the network layer, it can be used by the applications.

For hub (bridge), it just retransmits the coming package to all the connected nodes (Broadcast), and then if the package's MAC address is not matchable with the destination's MAC's address, it will drop directly. These operations are run on the Ethernet layer and Physical layer.

For Route, it usually has a route table embedded in the router. The route table keep the record of a mapping, which is the map between an IP address and the port of the router. When a pkg coming, the router will check the route table to identify which port maps to the destination's IP. Then it sends the package through that port. The route table is dynamic updated, which means the router will keep sending arp to all of the nodes. Then all the nodes will send the arp back, which tell the router the information of each node : 1)  The map of MAC address and the IP address, this will tell the which node(Each node's MAC is identified) has what IP address. 2) The map of IP address and the port number of router, this will tell which port to send when a package comes. These operations are run on the Network layer, Ethernet layer and Physical layer.
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