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Unit 2 Assignment 1 Identifying Network Topologies
RING: Older type of Topology. It connects devices in a sequence, in a circular pattern.
Transmissions go one direction. Any message that must travel in the opposite direction
must traverse the entire ring. The Ring topology is still used in todays except they use
double rings that allow messages to go either direction.
BUS: Devices are split off from a central line. The devices share the central line all
devices receive all messages. A terminator is required to prevent messages from
bouncing back onto the line after being transmitted.
STAR: Uses either a switch or hub in the center. Each device has a single connection
to the central routing device. With a HUB, all traffic is forwarded to all other connections.
With a SWITCH, it is sent only to the specific destination.
MESH: A network that interconnects EVERY device in the network to every other device
in the network. This allows redundant links in case of problems but requires more
overhead in cabling.
Below are three websites where information on Network Topologies can be found:
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