Network+ : Topologies

  1. Network+ Certification (N10-007): Syllabus
  2. Network+ : Introductions and Resources
  3. Network+ : Network Models
  4. Network+: Cabling
  5. Network+ : Topologies
  6. Network+ : Ethernet Basics
  7. Network+ : Contemporary Ethernet
  8. Network+ : Installing a Physical Network
  9. Network+ : Booting and Getting On the Network
  10. Network+ : TCP/IP Basics
  11. Network+ : Subnetting
  12. Network+: Routing Protocols
  13. Network+ : Routing and Firewalls
  14. Network+ : TCP/IP Ports and Applications
  15. Network+ : Network Naming and Sharing Resources
  16. Network+ : Secure Networking
  17. Network+ : Advanced Networking Devices
  18. Network+ : IPv6
  19. Network+ : Remote Connectivity
  20. Network+ : WiFi
  21. Network+ : Virtualization
  22. Network+ : Mobile Networking
  23. Network+ : Building a Real-World Network
  24. Network+ : Managing Risk
  25. Network+ : Protecting Your Network
  26. Network+ : Network Monitoring
  27. Network+ : Network Troubleshooting
  28. Network+: Network Monitoring

Unit 5

Chapter 2

LAN Topologies

Bus Topology


Ring Topology

Ring: Token Ring


Star Topology

Mesh Topology

Mesh: Full vs Partial Mesh

Hybrid Topology


Physical vs. Logical

Now we go one layer deeper.

A bus is a linear network – both physically and logically.

A star topology is physically a star (think of a hub or switch at the center of a group of hosts.

But a star topology in Ethernet physically looks like a start – but at the logical level, the way it actually functions, it uses a bus topology. Think of it this way: if you took all the wiring out of a hub and laid it out, you’d find it’s actually arranged as a bus.

This creates a “Physical Star but Logical Bus” topology. Ethernet hubs and switches use it, but so do Token Ring concentrators.

Wireless Networking

Wireless NICs

Access Points (APs)

Wireless Bridges: Point to Point / Point to Multipoint

Wireless Networking Software

Modes: Ad-hoc vs. Infrastructure

BSSID: Basic Service Set ID (the WAP’s MAC)

SSID: Service Set ID (the network name with a single WAP)

ESSID: Extended Service Set ID (the network  name for a network with multiple WAPs)


Wireless Networking Security

802.1x (usually using RADIUS)

MAC Filtering


64 bit encryption
Shared, static key


128 bit encryption
Key variants: Enterprise 802.1x vs. Personal PSK





WAP Configuration