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Network Topology

Network topology describes the physical or logical arrangement of nodes and connections in a network. Physical network topology defines the placement of nodes and their interconnections; logical topology describes the ways data is transferred between nodes. These nodes include devices such as switches and servers. Network topologies follow six basic models, as well as a hybrid combination of one or more models: point-to-point, bus, star, ring, tree, and mesh.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Network Topology

Since the layout of a network directly impacts network functionality, selecting the right topology is important. SMBs can improve performance and data efficiency, optimize resource allocation, and reduce operational costs with the right network topology.

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