Hybrid Topology

Introduction to Hybrid Topology:

Another type of topology great for large networks is called “hybrid topology.” You may be able to guess what this layout is by its name.

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Hybrid topology involves two different topology types together to form one network–for example, star and ring topology. This type of topology is great and adaptable for large networks, but it comes with its own drawbacks. First, however, let’s discuss some positive points about this layout.

Advantages of Hybrid Topology:

For starters, hybrid topology allows for improved performance across a network. By taking the best of other layouts and by using what is suitable for your needs, hybrid topology gives one the ability to design the network in a way that is most efficient and effective for them.

This can remove some of the limitations and drawbacks felt when using other networks. Furthermore, because of the greater sophistication involved with the network, it is better able to support large networks and suit the communication and transfer demands needed in order to sustain a large network.

Even better, it is very easy to detect and remove a faulty node in this network, giving one the ability to repair their network. And, while all of this sounds great–believe us, it is–there are some drawbacks to using this kind of layout.

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Disadvantages of Hybrid Topology:

One of the biggest disadvantages and one that probably discourages most people is that hybrid topology tends to be expensive. This makes it too expensive for people who don’t really need it.

For example, small home or office networks probably won’t appreciate a significant benefit to using a hybrid topology over a mesh or even a ring topology, so the additional costs make it an unreasonable option. Furthermore, the network is very complex.

This means that it is harder to maintain, especially if you don’t know much about networking. Hiring professionals for a network this complex can also be expensive, so using a hybrid network should be used only when the benefits are necessary for the successful performance of the network.

Additionally, though one can easily detect faults along the network, hybrid topology requires a multi-station access unit to bypass faulty devices. This adds to the complexity of the network, further decreasing its appeal for those who are not in need of large and fancy network layouts.

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Still, for those looking for increased performance over a large network, hybrid topology provides a number of options and benefits that can help boost your network’s efficiency and effectiveness.