Chapter 11. The Floor Plan

Topologies aren’t very exciting. In fact, in the realm of network design, the choice of which topology to use almost always “just happens”—it’s almost never a point of intentional thought and consideration. So why should this book include an entire chapter on network topologies? Isn’t stringing cables together just, well, stringing cables together?

No, stringing cables together isn’t all there is to network topology, because determining which topology to use is far more than just stringing cables together. The topology is like a floor plan, in a sense; if you don’t get it right, people (and packets) are going to be bumping into each other constantly, and dirt’s going to be tracked into the wrong places. Traffic flow ...

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