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firewall vs router | difference between firewall and router

This page on firewall vs router describes difference between firewall and router devices. The useful links to difference between various terms are provided here.

firewall router
It protects the user data travelling in the network from intruders. It routes the user data or packets in the network so that it can reach intended recipient.
It operates at the layer-3(network layer) and layer-4(transport layer) of the OSI model. It operates at layer-3(network layer) of the OSI model.
Firewall encrypts the data before transmission. Router does not encrypt the data before routing to the network.
Firewalls can not share the two networks, instead it can protect the network. Routers are capable of sharing an internet connection between LANs and WANs based networks.
Refer firewall basics Refer router basics

Networking related links

Basics of OSI and TCPIP layers
Networking Gateway
What is Router
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network bridge
Hub and Types of Hub
What is MAC address

What is Difference between

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