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Time: August 8th, 2023

What is the most common network topology used today? what are other topologies being followed and how do they work? All this is explained in this blog post. 

Network topologies are really important.

A good way of thinking about this is that your computer's internet connection relies on a certain type of routing for its packets (the unit in which data travels) to reach their destination. Your phone uses similar techniques when you're using WiFi or cellular data networks, but they work differently than they would if they were being used over an Ethernet cable instead.

What is the most common network topology used today?

Star topology: This is the most common network topology in an office environment because it's easy to set up and maintain. You can use it to connect all of your computer devices so they're all on the same network, which makes it easier for anyone who needs access to those resources (e.g., employees or guests) to get them quickly without having to go through any annoying hoops first. A star topology is a network topology where all the nodes are connected. In this example, you would have two computers and one printer connected in a star pattern. This type of network topology is used in home networks and small office networks because it's easy to manage with fewer devices than other types of networks. It also works well when you want your computer lab to be centralized and simple enough that students can access resources easily without having to worry about getting lost in some complex system or having trouble finding their way around the building.

Mesh topology: This is one of my personal favorites because it's flexible enough that you can add more nodes if needed—for example, if you want more bandwidth than what's available through your current hub/spoke model but still need everything connected before moving onto another type of architecture like ring or bus (which we'll talk about next).

You've probably heard the term mesh topology used for large networks. In a mesh, each node (or computer or device) has its separate network, but it is connected to other nodes through subnetworks that connect all of the nodes into a larger whole. This type of topology is most commonly seen in large corporate networks where there are many nodes in one physical location and they need to be able to communicate with each other over long distances without having any single-point failure or downtime. The Internet uses this type of architecture as well; if you have an IP address then you are using a Mesh Network.

Hub and spoke topology

The hub and spoke topology is a common network topology that's used in many places. It's also called a bus, star, or ring architecture. In this network design, there is one central computer that connects to all other systems on the network. This computer can be either a personal computer or a server (a computer that provides services for other computers). Hubs are designed so that each device connected to it acts as its switchboard for its own data communications traffic; this allows multiple devices to share information without affecting each other directly with their own networks' traffic (because hubs only route data between two connected devices). Spokes connect different spokes so that they can communicate with each other over their connections without requiring any special setup on those connections' parts of the system.

Ring topology example: a campus network

The ring topology is a good choice for a campus network because it allows you to connect all devices in the same physical location. It's also useful for computer labs and small offices, where wiring can be difficult or expensive. Finally, it works well as an extension of your home network (for sharing files with family members).

The ring connects all the computers on campus through their Ethernet ports into one central hub (called a concentrator) that serves as an addressable bridge between each computer on campus and its respective switch port.

Bus topology

It is a network topology that is made up of a central hub and several connected nodes. It's one of the most common bus topologies, but it's not very scalable, so you should only use it if your network will be small.

Wrapping Up:

This ends the blog post on the topic "what is the most common network topology used today". Network topologies are important and define how they will serve you. This is because a network topology determines how data will be sent and received through your system. Speaking of which one is most common, the star topology name itself is the most common.

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