Do you speak 'router' geek?

Are you a real Know-IT-All? This week we challenge you to find out. We've provided ten hints for ten terms in our glossary that relate to routers. How many can you guess without peeking?

During the week of this quiz premiere, we announced that we had a copy of High-Speed Networking: A Systematic Approach to High-Bandwidth Low-Latency Communication from Wiley Computer Publishing to give away. Well, we have our winner! Congratulations to Sgt Steve Taylor, Tactical Network Planner with the 1st Marine Division HQBN H&S G-6. Great job Sgt! We hope you enjoy your book.


1. This is network bridge and a router combined in a single product.

2. Routing is a function associated with this layer in the standard model of network programming, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model.

3. This device routes data packets between one or more LANs and an ATM backbone network.

4. Using an appropriate algorithm, this tells a switching device what to do with the multicast packet.

5. This forwards packets to computer hosts within a network (but not between networks).

6. This protocol allows host computers on the Internet to use multiple routers that act as a single virtual router, maintaining connectivity even if the first hop router fails.

7. If you're this kind of Cisco expert, you'll specialize in routing and switching, communications and services, security, or voice systems and technologies.

8. Sometimes this layer 2 device is confused with a router.

9. Routers use this table to control access to or from the router for a number of services.

10. This authentication protocol provides remote access authentication and related services, such as event logging.

This was first published in September 2003

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