Network Topology: You Have to Know This Before Building a Network

Network Topology in a Nutshell

Physical topology involves:

  • Geometric configuration
  • Connections and interconnections
  • Location of devices
  • Number of network adapters used
  • Network adapter types
  • Cable types

Logical topology covers:

  • Data movement from station to station
  • The transmission path and appropriate protocols
  • Cloud and virtual networks

Point-to-Point Network Topology or P2P

  • UTP Cat 5e
  • FTP Cat 5e
  • STP Cat 5e
  • RJ-45 connectors on both ends
  • T568A wiring on one end
  • T568B on the other end

Bus Network Topology

Token Bus

Ring Network Topology

Token ring

  • Each fragment of ring topology is a point of failure
  • The whole network fails if the signal can’t pass the point of failure
  • Data has to go through all nodes before reaching its destination
  • Adding new stations can slow down the network because all stations in the network share the same bandwidth.
  • If you need to add or remove the node, the whole station should stay online

Dual ring

Optical ring

Star Network Topology

Tree Network Topology

Mesh Network Topology

Hybrid Networks

Conclusion

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