Advantages and disadvantages of bridge in networking

A bridge network is a basic computer networking device which creates the aggregate network from multiple communication networks or different segment network. Here this article gives information about the advantages and disadvantages of bridge networking or benefits and drawback of network bridge network to better understand this topic. 

Pros or Advantages of bridge networking:

  • It reduces network traffic with minor segmentation
  • It reduces collisions
  • Bridge connects similar network types with different cabling
  • Bridge increase the number of attached workstation and network segments
  • It extends the physical network
  • Bridges also can reduce network traffic on a segment by subdividing network communications
  • It connects different architecture
  • Bridges network can extend a network by acting as a repeater
  • It helps in an extension of physical network
  • It creates separate collision domains. Hence it can increases available bandwidth to individual nodes as fewer nodes share a collision domain
  • Some bridges connect network having different architectures and media types

Cons or Disadvantages of bridge networking:

  • It does not filter broadcasts
  • It is slower compare to repeaters due to the filtering process
  • It is more expensive compared to repeaters
  • Complex network topology, it can pose a problem for transparent bridge
  • A bridge is more expensive than repeaters or hubs'
  • Does not limit the scope of broadcast 
  • Does not scale to extremely large network
  • Buffering and processing introduces delays