Bus Topology

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Bus topologyAlternatively referred to as a line topology, a bus topology is a network setup in which each computer and network device are connected to a single cable or backbone. The following sections contain both the advantages and disadvantages of using a bus topology with your devices.

Advantages of bus topology

  • It works well when you have a small network.
  • Easiest network topology for connecting computers or peripherals in a linear fashion.
  • Requires less cable length than a star topology.

Disadvantages of bus topology

  • Difficult to identify the problems if the whole network goes down.
  • It can be hard to troubleshoot individual device issues.
  • Not great for large networks.
  • Terminators are required for both ends of the main cable.
  • Additional devices slow the network down.
  • If a main cable is damaged, the network fails or splits into two.

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