Network topologies is a phrase that refers to the layout of connected devices on a network. How different nodes in a network are connected to each other and how they communicate are determined by the network's topology. Network topologies can apply to either physical or logical layout, and common type of network topologies include bus, ring, tree, star and mesh.
From standard network topologies to more complex, hybrid topologies, our network topologies dictionary offers a glossary of important terms you need to know.
- 5-4-3 rule
- bus network
- CAM - channel access method or computer-aided manufacturing
- collapsed backbone
- DTN - Disruption Tolerant Networking
- dual-ring topology
- inverted network
- LAN - local-area network
- Logical Link Control layer
- logical topology
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