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3.01 Network Topology

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Bus topology
All devices are connected to a central cable, called the bus or backbone.
Logical topology
The way that the signals act on the network media, or the way that the data passes through the network from one device to the next without regard to the physical interconnection of the devices.
Mesh topology
Devices are connected with many redundant interconnections between network nodes. In a true mesh topology every node has a connection to every other node in the network.
Node
Can be a computer or some other device, such as printer. Every node has a unique network address, sometimes called a Data Link Control (DLC) address or Media Access Control (MAC).
Ring topology
All devices are connected to one another in the shape of a closed loop, so that each device is connected directly to two other devices, one on either side of it.
Star topology
All devices are connected to a central hub. Nodes communicate across the network by passing data through the hub.
Topology
Refers to the shape of a network, or the network's layout.
Tree topology
Groups of star-configured networks are connected to a linear bus backbone.
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