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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to Network+
 9  Chapter 0000:  Network Basics
      9  VIII  Network Topologies

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Star Network

The star topology carries this name because it looks like a star, with rays extending from a center point. Another way to think of it is that of a wagon wheel. The center of the wagon wheel is the hub, with spokes radiating from the hub. A PC is connected to each ‘spoke’.

While this requires a centralized location for the wiring, called a wiring closet, the advantage is that in the event of a cable failure, only the PC on that cable is affected. Contrast this to the bus network, identified next.

Figure 6: Star Network

 


Star Network

Be prepared to visually identify the star network topology.


 


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