Although routers and bridges are devices with are used in computer networking, there are major differences between them. Both of these networking devices operate on different layers of OSI model and both of them perform totally different tasks. Some of the differences are mentioned below:

  • Parameters
  1. Layers un OSI model
  2. Operation
  3. Types
  4. Principle of working
  5. Usef for



  • Router
  1. Network layer.
  2. connect two or more network.
  3. Distance vector, Link state
  4. Uses hardware and software.
  5. Connecting networks.



  • Bridges
  1. Physical or data link layer.
  2. Regeneration, check MAC Address.
  3. Transparent, Routing.
  4. Uses tables relating the address and ports.
  5. Connecting computers.