The bus network

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How the bus network functions

In the bus network all the workstations,servers and printers are joined to one cable (the bus). At each end of the cable a terminator is fitted to stop signals reflecting back down the bus.

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.

. p 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.