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Can a Layer 3 switch replace a router for WAN connections?

Learn how to use a Layer 3 switch in place of a router for WANs from a routing expert.

Can a Layer 3 switch have WAN connectivity and replace a router for WAN connections?
Certainly, yes. You can terminate WAN links on the switch if:
  1. You have physical ports on the switch or
  2. If the WAN link is on Ethernet like in the case of managed leased links.
This was last published in September 2008

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