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Network bridge


Network bridging describes the action taken by network equipment to allow two or more communication networks, or two or more network segments,[1] to create an aggregate network. Bridging is distinct from routing which allows the networks to communicate independently as separate networks.[2] A network bridge is a network device that connects multiple network segments. In the OSI model bridging acts in the first two layers, below the network layer.[3]

There are four types of network-bridging technologies: simple bridging; multiport bridging; learning, or transparent bridging; and source route bridging.[4][5] Transparent bridging was originally developed by the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the 1980s.[6]

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