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Network Wiring

As we discussed earlier, the wires of a computer network are like the tracks of a railroad. They connect the different computers—the railroad stations—and carry the data—the cargo. And just like train tracks run in parallel, snake around, and join up in train switching roundhouses, you can put wires together in different ways when building a network.

Network Topologies

Before we can look at the different types of network wiring, we need to detour briefly into the topic of network topology, a fancy term that just means how the network is laid out. For the purposes of this book, there are four main network topologies: star, bus, ring, and mesh.


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