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How does a multiprotocol router work when it comes to communicating between two different networks -

I want to know how does a multiprotocol router work when it comes to communicating between two different networks - say IP and IPX.

Do they convert the packets/frames, and if they do, at what layer is this done? Does it mean that the multiprotocol router only enable communication between two similar networks through a different network (IP to IP through IPX)? I will be grateful if you could throw some light on this aspect.

There is no interaction between IP and IPX as they both works on different layer. This is also called as "Ships in the night." To communicate between these two you need to use bridging or IP tunneling for sending IPX packets encapsulated in an IP packet.
This was last published in November 2003

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