Originally Posted by deejay88
I don't think anybody defined bridge.
A bridge is a component that connects disimilar (spelling?) networks. A wireless access point acts as a bridge between WiFi and the cat5 strung through your walls, for example. There are bridges for going back and forth between ethernet, token ring, 10base2, 10base5, 10baseT, 100baseFX, blah, blah, blah, blah....
Not a very good definition...but when it boils down...you don't really need to have a very heavy grasp on bridges. The only thing that resembles a bridge that you and me will probably ever work with is the wirleess feature integrated into a SOHO router/switch (from netgear, linksys, dlink...etc).
Of course...if you're talking about logical bridges (like putting a modem into bridge mode or bridging two networks in Windows, for example): we need to start another thread. lol.
Opps i forgot to mention the bridge
and yellowsnowman, you are right. i was just interning with a company, and it was still in my head of the price differences since of course they buy it in bulk boxes