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The Illustrated Network by Walter Goralski

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CHAPTER 8 Routing

What You Will Learn

In this chapter, you will learn how routing works. We’ll look at both direct delivery of packets to a destination without a router and indirect delivery through a router, both of which happen all the time. Routers provide indirect delivery between LANs while bridges essentially provide direct delivery only. Packet switching, on the other hand, is a related form of indirect delivery that will be explored in a later chapter.

You will learn about the role of routing tables and forwarding tables in the routing process. Technically, routers use the information in the routing table to create a forwarding table to forward packets to the next hop based on a metric, but many people use the terms routing and forwarding ...

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