Types of Network Topologies

The preceding sections discussed the evolution of today’s advanced networks and the building blocks that have evolved to make them what they are today—that is, the OSI reference model and the TCP/IP protocol. The sections on the OSI reference model described the essential means of how data is transported between the various layers that are running on all intranet devices. The TCP/IP section reviewed the protocols’ characteristics. This section addresses the media that operates in your network. The sections that follow review both LAN and WAN topologies.

Local-Area Networks

LANs connect workstations, servers, legacy systems, and miscellaneous network-accessible equipment, which are, in turn, interconnected to form ...

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