There are some difference between Layer 2 and Layer 3 Switch. Switch is a device which is used to Connect multiple computer together to share data, Information with in a local area Network (LAN). There are two type of Switch layer 2 Switch and layer 3 Switch .
Difference between Layer 2 and Layer 3 Switch
Layer 2 Switch
Layer 2 Switch used for high speed data connectivity within a single network . It is operate on Data link layer of OSI model .
Layer 2 switch used MAC address to receive and forward packet within a network , Layer 2 switch create MAC table for forward packet on specific port . when any device connected with switch then it will store Port and MAC address information on mac table .Layer 2 switch only for only used for switching .
Layer 2 switch Model – 2950, 1900 .
Layer 3 Switch
Layer 3 Switch used to connect multiple network together. It can route Packet as well as Switching . It is work based on IP address . It is also have the capability of create Virtual LAN (VLAN) . it is determine path based on Logical Address . It is operate on Network layer of the OSI Model .
Layer 3 Switch Model – 4503 ,5500 .