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Conclusions 3
Mesh, Bus, Ring and Star Topologies 4
Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI and Wireless Technology 7
Conclusions 10
Reference List 11

Introduction

The four topology’s for networks are Mesh, Bus, Ring and Star. The different network topologies determine how data will be moved throughout the network. This paper will explain how each of these topologies is different and what advantages each one has over the other. This paper will also explain how the different topologies have disadvantages when implementing them. It is important that each topology be understood so that the best network configuration can be chosen by an IT professional.
The second part of this paper will explain the differences in networking topologies. Four networking technologies that will be discussed are Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) and wireless. Each one has different configurations that set it apart from the other technologies. Also, each of the technologies has advantages depending on the needs of a network. Along with advantages comes the disadvantages, some technologies offer limited advantages when compared with others. Understanding different networking technologies is vital for anyone planning to work in the IT field.

Mesh, Bus, Ring, and Star Topologies

The first type of topology to be discussed is the mesh topology. Mesh topologies involve the connection of all computers together on a network through cables. There are redundant connections to computers using this technology. Because of the numerous connections mesh has the advantage of not failing when a connection is lost on one computer. The other computers connected on the network continue to functions even though a connection was lost. The use of mesh topologies is used by telephone exchanges and WANs where information can be passed along the different connections. The main advantage of mesh topology is the performance and security that it provides over the other topologies.
While the mesh topology d...

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... environments must be researched to determine what topology is best for the situation. The number of computers and necessity of reliability determine which topology to chose. Explaining each of the fours advantages and disadvantages can help any IT professional make the right choice for their company’s network.
Technology has advanced at a rapid rate. Networking technology changes constantly and old technology is improved upon everyday. The four technologies discussed are all possible technologies that can be used for different situations. Only after looking at how they work and what they offer over the other technologies can someone reach a decision on the best choice to transmit data on their network.
Reference List

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