V.35 Router

Written by Amy Hunter
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Routers connect at least two networks together. There are a variety of routers and interfaces that can be used. A router creates and maintains a "routing table." This routing table stores and maintains the best routes for particular network destinations. One method of connecting the networks is with a V.35 router.

A V.35 router provides a direct connection between the bus in the router and the external network. A bus is the system that transfers information inside the computer. The router takes this information and transfers it to the network. The V.35 router is most commonly used in the United States and Europe.

One reason that V.35 routers initially gained popularity was that they had full-duplex operation capability. A router that is full-duplex can both send and receive data at the same time. This, along with the speed of the V.35 router, made it quite popular. The V.35 router can transfer data at T1 and M1 speeds.

Compatibility is always an issue with any type of computer equipment, and routers are no exception. The V.35 has some compatibility issues that have caused it to lose favor for some users. When hooking a V.35 router up, all eight interfaces connect to the external network through a single port. While this is not necessarily a problem, the V.35 plug is often the wrong size for PC use. Most PCs do not use the larger plug-in required by the V.35 router. Overall, the V.35 router, an expensive option to begin with, has its place, but probably not with average personal computer users.


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