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A brouter is a hybrid device that merges bridging and routing technology. Basically, a brouter is a bridge that can bridge multiple protocols and provide routing for some of those protocols. In this sense, a brouter is a device that forwards packets between networks at the network layer and the data link layer in the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) protocol stack. See "Bridges and Bridging" and "Routing."
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