Infrastructure of a Large
Carlos Flores, Kweku Ocran, Jaseem
● Network Topologies
● Types of Networks
● Network Architecture
Refers to the hardware/software resources of
an entire network that enable network
connectivity, communication, operations and
management of an enterprise network.
A metropolitan area network deals with the
same components as any campus- level
The simplest topology with a permanent link
between two endpoints. Switched point-to-point
topologies are the basic model of conventional
In local area networks where bus topology is
used, each node is connected to a single cable.
Each computer or server is connected to the
single bus cable.
A network topology that is set up in a circular fashion
in which data travels around the ring in one direction
and each device on the ring acts as a repeater to keep
the signal strong as it travels.
Hybrid networks use a combination of any two or more
topologies, in such a way that the resulting network
does not exhibit one of the standard topologies (e.g.,
bus, star, ring, etc.).
A star network is a local area network (LAN) in which all nodes
(workstations or other devices) are directly connected to a common
central computer. Every workstation is indirectly connected to every
other through the central computer. In some star networks, the central
computer can also operate as a workstation.
Advantages of Star Topology
1) As compared to Bus topology it gives far much better performance, signals don’t necessarily get
transmitted to all the workstations. A sent signal reaches the intended destination after passing through no
more than 3-4 devices and 2-3 links. Performance of the network is dependent on the capacity of central hub.
2) Easy to connect new nodes or devices. In star topology new nodes can be added easily without affecting
rest of the network. Similarly components can also be removed easily.
3) Centralized management. It helps in monitoring the network.
4) Failure of one node or link doesn’t affect the rest of network. At the same time its easy to detect the failure
and troubleshoot it.
Disadvantages of Star Topology
1) Too much dependency on central device has its own drawbacks. If it fails whole network goes down.
2) The use of hub, a router or a switch as central device increases the overall cost of the network.
3) Performance and as well number of nodes which can be added in such topology is depended on capacity
of central device.
Campus/Metropolitan Area Network
● Fiber Distribution Data Interface
● Asynchronous Transfer Mode
● Switched Multi-Megabit Data Service
● No central computer
● Mostly used for file
● Quality of network
depends on users
● Greater Flexibility
● Better Security
● Increased Performance
● Requires more
● More complex to