what is differecen between arp and mac-address-table ?

what is the differecen between arp and mac-address-table ? what is the significant difference between
show arp
show mac-address-table

isn't it both uses arp beneath? Thanks!
beer9Asked:
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philpottmCommented:
ARP is the learnt address (Address resolution protocol)

MAC table is a list of hard coded MAC's

They are not necessarily the same
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rcflyrCommented:
The arp table maps ip address to mac addresses (what mac address is at xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) and the mac address table shows interface to mac address mappings (where do I send traffic for xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx).
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grsteedCommented:
Show ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) shows the the entire arp cache

Show mac-address-table allows you some options such as dynamic, or by interface which is handy if you want to see how many devices are connected to a port, through a hub, switch or phone.

Cheers,
Gary
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munir_hayatCommented:
ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) generated by pc to learn about the other station on the network.while on the other hand MAC address is used for layer 2 Switching.
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beer9Author Commented:
Thank you :-)
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