Network Topology

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Network switches
Network Topology
Bus, Star & Ring, which one of these connects from one computer to another without using the switch? I'm a promising Network student.

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Bus topology uses one main cable to which all nodes are directly connected. The main cable acts as a backbone for the network. One of the computers in the network typically acts as the computer server. The first advantage of bus topology is that it is easy to connect a computer or peripheral device. The second advantage is that the cable requirements are relatively small, resulting in lower cost.

One of the disadvantages is that if the main cable breaks, the entire network goes down. This type of network is also difficult to troubleshoot. For these reasons, this type of topology is not used for large networks, such as those covering an entire building.

In star topology, each computer is connected to a central hub using a point-to-point connection. The central hub can be a computer server that manages the network, or it can be a much simpler device that only makes the connections between computers over the network possible.

Star topology is very popular because the startup costs are low. It is also easy to add new nodes to the network. The network is robust in the sense that if one connection between a computer and the hub fails, the other connections remain intact. If the central hub fails, however, the entire network goes down. It also requires more cable than bus topology and is, therefore, more expensive.

In ring topology, the computers in the network are connected in a circular fashion, and the data travels in one direction. Each computer is directly connected to the next computer, forming a single pathway for signals through the network. This type of network is easy to install and manage.

If there’s a problem in the network, it is easy to pinpoint which connection is defective. It is also good for handling high-volume traffic over long distances since every computer can act as a booster of the signal. On the downside, adding computers to this type of network is more cumbersome, and if one single computer fails, the entire network goes down. 

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  • TheRealRaven
    This sounds like something that should be covered in a student's course material. Is there a reason the question needs to be answered outside of a course?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    You mentioned, you are a promising network student, assuming you have a good and enough knowledge in networking, so why are you asking this question? Please read your study materials and gather solid knowledge. Out of your study, you can read this simple book, 'Introduction to Networking: How the Internet Works' by Charles Severance.
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  • mbusaleo
    Mr. Sen. When someone says he is a promising student it doesn't mean that he knows. The reason why I came to the forum was because I didn't know the answer to my question. Stop being mean.
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