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TYPES OF TOPOLOGY
The topology of a network refers to the configuration of cables, computers, and other peripherals. * Linear Bus * Star * Star-Wired Ring * Tree * Summary Chart
Ethernet and LocalTalk networks use a linear bus topology. File server, workstations, and peripherals (each hardware is a nodes) are connected to the main run linear cable.
Fig. 9. Linear Bus topology
Each node (file server, workstations, and peripherals) connected directly to a central network hub or concentrator. Data on a star network passes through the hub or concentrator before continuing to its destination. The hub or concentrator manages and controls all functions of the network. It also acts as a repeater for the data flow. Common with twisted pair cable, coaxial cable or fibre optic cable can also be used.
Fig. 10. Star topology top
Externally star wired topology appear to be the same as a star topology. Internally, the MAU (multistation access unit) of a star-wired ring contains wiring that allows information to pass from one device to another in a circle or ring. The Token Ring protocol uses a star-wired ring topology.
This is a combination of linear bus and star topologies. It consists of groups of star-configured workstations connected to a linear bus backbone cable (See fig. 4).... [continues]
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