The bus network

advantages and disadvantages

The advantages and disadvanteges

  • Advantages

  • Easy to install

  • Easy to add extra workstations

  • Uses less cable than a Star network

  • Best choice for temporary networks

  • Disadvantages

  • If there is a problem with the central cable, the entire network stops working

  • If there are a lot of workstations on the network, data can travel slowly.

  • Data collisions can happen as the network becomes busy

  • Low security - every workstation can see all of the data in the network

  • Limited cable length and a maximum number of workstations