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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

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    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?
     
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    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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