What is the diff between Cisco AIR-BR340 and AIR-BR342?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Zafara, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. Zafara

    Zafara Guest

    What is the difference between a Cisco AIR-BR340 and AIR-BR342? Are
    they compatible? Will they talk?

    Thanks!
     
    Zafara, Jul 29, 2004
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  2. The BR340 is an access point wirelss bridge. Client radios connect to
    it and it connects them to a LAN. Like most access points, it's
    limited to bridging one MAC address per associated radio. Two BR340's
    will not talk to each other (due to the lack of a common bridging
    protocol).

    The BR342 is a transparent point to point bridge. It's exactly the
    same hardware but with different firmware. It's designed to connect
    two networks togther over a wireless link and will bridge 253 MAC
    addresses through another BR342. I think it will also do multipoint
    transparent bridging, but I've always used them for point to point,
    and have not had the time to try it with more than two BR342 radios.

    In theory, that justifies why Cisco charges perhaps 4 times as much
    for the BR342 as the BR340.

    I'm not sure what will happen if you try to talk between a BR340 and a
    BR342. I suspect it won't work, but I'm not sure.
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Jul 29, 2004
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  3. I forgot to mention that the BR342 can also be configured as an access
    point.
     
    Jeff Liebermann, Jul 29, 2004
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