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Branch, Edge and Core Routers -- Difference?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Alex Ethridge, Mar 13, 2018.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

    Apr 10, 2000
    My son has a business with about a dozen Windows 10 workstations. So far, he has done well with a common home-type router and a sixteen-port switch. He blocks sites in the router's blocked list; but, he has discovered his Netgear router has no provision for blocking https sites.

    Time for a new router and he has asked my help in selecting one.

    I Googled and found there are several kinds of routers and I have no idea of their features and which type is best for his network. Of the Branch, Edge and Core Routers, which one is the common home-type? If none are, what should I look for in a home-type router for his business?
  2. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Mar 30, 2008
    None. Branch and Edge are some times the same depending on the application. Branch routers are small routers for small office deployments. Edge routers are routers deployed at the edge of a business owned/controlled network that interfaces to external circuit; typically an ISP. Core routers are large routers which performs centralized routing for bunch of different subnetworks; these are found in large businesses.

    With this said, none of the above applies to home or even small businesses. Routers which fall into this category are mainly pure routers; which means these network devices forward packets. These routers may have some rudimentary firewall capabilities, but are a far cry from dedicated firewall device. Routers at this level do routing specific things such as GRE tunnels, routing protocols (BGP, OSPF, IS-IS, IGRP, EIGRP), MPLS, VPLS, and WAN circuits such as T1, DS3, OC3, etc.

    Based on what you've posted, you need a firewall. Because this is for a business (even though it's small) and because your son is invoking additional security, you should be looking at a UTM (unified threat management) type firewall. At the very least, a firewall which has support for content filtering.
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