Creating Network Bridge in Windows® 7
Microsoft Windows 7 has a feature called network bridge. The network bridge helps in providing you with a way to connect network segments. The network bridges do not work well on very large networks like the UNC. Network Bridge is a layer 2 switch that connects two different local area networks (LAN) or segments of the same LAN. The bridge is made use of to segregate data by dividing it into two streams. Therefore it helps you in reducing the traffic flow over a LAN. The network bridge operates by determining whether incoming data or the traffic is to be routed to a forwarding address or discarded. The three major types of network bridges include the local bridges to connect with the LANs, remote bridges to connect the LANs with the wide area network or the WAN and the wireless bridges to connect the remote networks with the LANs.
Following are the tips to create network bridge in Windows 7:
- Role of Network Bridge
- Benefits of Network Bridge
- Tips to Create Network Bridge
Role of Network Bridge
The basic role of the network bridge in your Windows 7 based computer is to provide necessary bridging between the local area network that your Windows 7 computer is connected with, to another network that makes use of the same protocol, such as the Ethernet or the Token Ring. Network Bridge helps in deciding whether a message from you to someone else is going to the local area network in your building or to someone on the local area network in the building across the street.
Benefits of Network Bridge
The main benefit of the use of the network bridge is that it provides you with increases network length, as the network bridge increases the functional length of a network by connecting individual LAN segments. It helps in preventing bandwidth wastage as the bridge manages incoming traffic and also reduces bandwidth waste by preventing all unnecessary flow of data between network segments. It also helps in linking dissimilar network transmission segments as a bridge can connect both similar and dissimilar LAN segments.
Setting up a network bridge in your Windows 7 based computer is very simple and you can do it on your own. You can click 'Start' and select 'Control Panel'; double-click on 'Network and Sharing Center', then click on the 'Manage Network Connections'. You can hold down 'CTRL' and click each of the network connections you wish to bridge and right-click one of the network connections and select 'Bridge Connections'.
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