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Chapter 2. Different Needs, Different Ne... > Understanding Network Topologies

Understanding Network Topologies

Now that we’ve completed a general overview of the two types of networks you can build (peer-to-peer and server-based), we can discuss some of the basics related to the actual physical layout of LANs. Different topologies have been defined to characterize a LAN’s layout (a topology is just how the network’s cabling maps out).

Although these topologies do in some respects reflect the type of cabling (coaxial cable versus twisted-pair cable, both discussed in Chapter 4) that is used and the network architecture that is deployed (network architectures are also discussed in Chapter 4), they are just models and in many cases a LAN might use a hybrid of a couple different topologies.


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