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Topologies Comparison

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Topologies Comparison

Topologies are categorized into different virtual shapes or structures with the basic types being Mesh, Bus, Ring, and Star. “More complex networks can be built as hybrids of two or more of the above basic topologies.” (Mitchell, 2008) These basic topologies are structured in to networks as Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, and wireless networking. Any business or individual making a decision of which type of topology is best used for a specific environment or network should know and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type of topology, in addition to the advantages and disadvantages of each network type.
MESH topology routes data sent through any of several possible avenues to the receiving node. MESH arrives at its name due to the amount of cabling and connections used to establish this type of topology. MESH topology is expensive to establish as it connects every node to all nodes on the network, however, MESH is considered the most reliable as it has the most redundancy. If one node fails the network can re-route traffic to another ...

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