What is router?

  • (noun): A worker who routes shipments for distribution and delivery.
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Some articles on router, routers:

Software Router
... A router is a device that forwards data packets between computer networks, creating an overlay internetwork ... A router is connected to two or more data lines from different networks ... packet comes in one of the lines, the router reads the address information in the packet to determine its ultimate destination ...
Software Router - Historical and Technical Information
... The very first device that had fundamentally the same functionality as a router does today, was the Interface Message Processor (IMP) IMPs were the devices that made up the ... The idea for a router (called "gateways" at the time) initially came about through an international group of computer networking researchers called the International Network Working Group (INWG) ... Some time after early 1974 the first Xerox routers became operational ...
P Router
... In Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), a P Router or Provider Router is a Label Switch Router (LSR) that functions as a transit router of the core network ... The P Router typically connected to one or more PE Routers ...
Software Router - Applications
... When multiple routers are used in interconnected networks, the routers exchange information about destination addresses using a dynamic routing protocol ... Each router builds up a table listing the preferred routes between any two systems on the interconnected networks ... A router has interfaces for different physical types of network connections, (such as copper cables, fiber optic, or wireless transmission) ...

More definitions of "router":

  • (noun): A power tool with a shaped cutter; used in carpentry for cutting grooves.
  • (noun): (computer science) a device that forwards data packets between computer networks.