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Point-to-point
Point-to-point networks do not need expensive servers or an operating system. They
are easier to upkeep since it is easy to changes the wires. However, it is only ideal
for small networks and when a connection is interrupted so is the network.
Bus
Similar to point-to-point networks, bus networks are less expensive than others and
easier to set up and use. It is also used for smaller networks. Bus networks also
depend on one cable, so if something happens to that cable the network would also
be down.
Ring
Ring networks are also easier to set up. They also can work at higher speeds.
Similar to point-to-point networks when a connection is interrupted so is the network.
Unlike the point-to-point and bus networks, it is harder to troubleshoot.
Star
Unlike the previous networks, I mentioned, in a star network when a node fails it
does not affect the others except when the main node fails. They are more
expensive than point-to-point and bus networks.
Mesh
Unlike the other networks, when a connection fails, the signal is rerouted and
continues to work. Mesh networks can also be used for larger networks. Mesh
network also handles more traffic. However, this is another expensive network
compared to point-to-point, bus, and ring networks. This network can also be difficult
to manage.
Within the healthcare industry, you will probably see the mesh network, especially
when it comes to monitoring patients. The ability to have a bigger range and its
reliability are two things that the industry can definitely benefit from.
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Nivedita Bisht and Sapna Singh. March 2, 2015. Analytical study of different network
topologies. p. 88-90.https://d1wqtxts1xzle7.cloudfront.net/37737314/Irjet-v2i120-with-
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