Router external connections
Role of routers in a WAN
- Power Supply – The power supply provides the necessary power to operate the internal components. Larger routers may use multiple or modular power supplies. In some of the smaller routers the power supply may be external to the router.
- Students can use the Interactive Media Activity to test their knowledge of router components.
- The next page will describe the components of a Cisco 2600 router.
- Router physical characteristics
- This page will help students identify the location of different components on a router.
- It is not critical to know the location of the physical components inside the router to understand how to use the router. However in some situations, such as adding memory, it can be very helpful.
- The exact components used and their location varies between router models. Figure
identifies the internal components of a 2600 router.
shows some of the external connectors on a 2600 router.
- Students can use the Interactive Media Activities to learn more about the Cisco 1721 and 2621 routers.
- The next page will describe the external connections on a router.
- Router external connections
- This page will describe the three basic types of connections on a router, which are LAN interfaces, WAN interfaces, and management ports.
- LAN interfaces allow routers to connect to the LAN media. This is usually some form of Ethernet. However, it could be some other LAN technology such as Token Ring or FDDI.
- WANs provide connections through a service provider to a distant site or to the Internet. These may be serial connections or any number of other WAN interfaces. With some types of WAN interfaces, an external device such as a CSU is required to connect the router to the local connection of the service provider. With other types of WAN connections, the router may be directly connected to the service provider.