Bridged Mode Pros and Cons
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Bridged mode refers to a configuration setting on a network device, such as a router or a wireless access point, where the device connects multiple networks together and acts as a bridge between them. In this mode, the device forwards packets between the networks, allowing devices on different networks to communicate with each other as if they were on the same network. This can be useful in situations where you want to connect two separate networks together, such as connecting a wired network to a wireless network.
Pros and Cons
Some of the advantages of using bridged mode include:
- Greater network flexibility: Bridged mode allows you to connect multiple networks together, allowing devices on different networks to communicate with each other. This can be useful in situations where you want to connect a wired network to a wireless network, or connect multiple wired networks together.
- Improved network performance: By connecting multiple networks together, bridged mode can help to improve network performance by allowing devices to communicate directly with each other without having to go through a router or other intermediary device.
- Simplified network management: When using bridged mode, there is typically less configuration required to set up the network, as the bridge device is responsible for forwarding packets between the networks.
However, there are also some downsides to using bridged mode:
- Increased security risks: By connecting multiple networks together, bridged mode can increase the risk of security breaches, as it allows devices on one network to potentially access devices on another network.
- Limited capabilities: Some bridge devices may not have the same advanced features or capabilities as a full-featured router, such as built-in firewalls or VPN support.
- Limited scalability: Bridged mode may not be suitable for very large networks, as the bridge device may not be able to handle the volume of traffic.
It is important to consider the requirements of your network and the trade-offs between these pros and cons before deciding whether to use bridged mode or not.
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