Bus Topology

advantages and disadvantages


  • Easy to connect a computer or peripheral to a linear bus
  • Requires less cable length than a star topology resulting in lower costs
  • It works well for small networks.


  • Entire network shuts down if there is a break in the main cable
  • Difficult to identify the problem if the entire network shuts down
  • Terminators are required at both ends of the backbone cable
  • Not meant to be used as a stand-alone solution in a large building
  • Network slowness increases when more devices are added into the network
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